President Announces Launch of Nonprofit to Promote STEM Education

President Obama has announced the launch of a new non-profit organization as part of his “Educate to Innovate” campaign to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

change_the_equation_logo.pngChange the Equation was founded by several business leaders and astronaut Sally Ride in response to the President’s 2009 “call to action” at the National Academy of Sciences for all Americans to join the cause of elevating STEM education as a national priority.

The organization includes a membership of 100 CEOs and $5 million in funding for its first year of operations. In that time, Change the Equation aims to:

  • Improve professional development for math and science teachers
  • Provide new opportunities in STEM for traditionally underrepresented students and underserved communities
  • Increase student participation in Advanced Placement math and science courses

Change the Equation further intends to create a state-by-state “scorecard” to highlight areas for state-level improvement and help companies increase the impact of their engagement in STEM education.

The President also announced specific public-private partnerships involving Change the Equation members, non-profit organizations and foundations. The goals of these partnerships include

  • Increasing student visitation to science museums
  • Establishing 30 new “hands-on” learning centers at libraries across the country
  • Launching competitions for designing video games for STEM learning
  • Increasing participation among scientists in National Lab Day

Supporters of Change the Equation include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York.