IBM Honored in Washington, D.C. for STEMup Baton Rouge Efforts
July 23, 2015
IBM HONORED IN WASHINGTON, D.C. FOR STEMUP BATON ROUGE EFFORTS
July 23, 2015
Washington, D.C. – This morning, US2020 announced that IBM was named one of six national winners of the 2015 STEM Mentoring Awards, a competition launched earlier this year at the White House Science Fair. In the
Excellence in Corporate Culture category, IBM was recognized for its work with STEMup Baton Rouge.
The 2015 STEM Mentoring Awards winners will be recognized today for their exceptional work in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentoring in conjunction with the first US2020 STEM Mentoring Symposium. The Symposium will bring together leaders from the public, private, and social sectors to discuss common challenges, share best practices, and reaffirm STEM mentoring as a powerful tool for education reform. STEMup Baton Rouge will participate as a panelist at the symposium discussing, “Building a Local STEM Movement.”
The STEM Mentoring Awards included the
Most Innovative Hands-On Project,
Excellence in Volunteer
Excellence in Corporate Culture. In addition to IBM, NetApp was also recognized in the Corporate Culture category. Other winners are: the Chicago Student Invention Convention and University City Science Center FirstHand for
Most Innovative Hands-On Project; and Iridescent and We Teach Science for
Excellence in Volunteer Experience. For the inaugural STEM Mentoring Awards, US2020 received submissions from more than 80 organizations in 30 cities representing 13 states across the country.
Nearly 20 mentors from IBM’s Baton Rouge Client Innovation Center participated in STEMup Baton Rouge during the 2014-15 spring semester, serving at Capitol Middle School.
“We at IBM are honored with this national recognition of the Baton Rouge Center and our corporate culture of technology innovation and volunteerism. IBM's mission in Baton Rouge is to serve our clients with an educated, dynamic and skilled workforce. Globally and in Baton Rouge, IBM volunteers motivate young people to see the value of STEM in their education and as a career option. I'm proud of my fellow IBM STEMup volunteers for making a difference at Capitol Middle School,” said Christine Alford, General Manager of the IBM Service Center in Baton Rouge.
STEMup Baton Rouge, an initiative of the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System (EBRSS) in partnership with the Capital Area United Way, and a member of the US2020 City Network, brings business and industry mentors into East Baton Rouge Parish public middle schools using a high-impact mentoring model. The goal is to increase the number of students who ultimately enter and remain in STEM careers. Mentors engage in the classroom leading activities using the Engineering Everywhere curriculum, a research-based, award-winning middle school curriculum from the Museum of Science in Boston.
STEMup BR is funded by Capital One Investing for Good.
"By providing these opportunities for meaningful engagement of our students in STEM projects, partners like IBM help ensure our students leave us more prepared for the workplace of the future. I am extremely grateful for the strong support of our industry partners in providing resources and personnel to increase access to STEM experiences for public school students," said Warren Drake, superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.
“The success of STEMup Baton Rouge depends on our mentors,” says Ted Firnberg, president of the Foundation for EBRSS. “IBM has demonstrated through the depth and breadth of its participation the importance of public-private partnerships in educating our public school students. We are grateful that national focus has been brought to bear on this innovative approach to increasing the number of students who ultimately enter and remain in STEM careers.”