by alliantgroup staff, Houston, TX (International Headquarters)
August 3, 2021 | published in PRnewswire
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alliantgroup hosted its first ever summit on STEM education. The event, STEM Summit: Closing the Gap from Classroom to Industry, brought together educators, community members, policymakers and business leaders who are passionate about STEM to discuss strategies on how to close the STEM gap in America.
Hosted by alliantgroup CEO, Dhaval Jadav, the summit started with a presentation of the Elementary Science Teach Award ceremony, where both the 2020 Winner, Kirk Coppes of Ashford Elementary and 2021 Winner Whitnee Boston of Gregory Lincoln Education Center, were honored.
This is the third year in a row that alliantgroup has partnered with the Houston Independent School District to sponsor the award which honors local teachers who are increasing student achievement and engagement through innovative lesson plans that emphasize the importance and intrigue of science.
This award is just one of the many educational initiatives that alliantgroup is involved in as part of its continuing efforts to promote the importance of STEM education.
The roundtable discussion centered on what the United States needs to do to catch up with the rest of the world when it comes to STEM. Panelists included:
- William T. Harris – CEO of Space Center Houston
- Juliet Breeze, M.D. – CEO of Next Level Urgent Care
- Rick White – alliantgroup Strategic Advisory Board Member, Former U.S Congressman and CEO of Technet
- Deirdre Ricketts – alliantgroup Director of STEAM Education, 2019 Winner of HISD – Elementary Science Teacher Award, lead science teacher and facilitator of the STEAM Lab at Stevens Elementary School
- Calvin Mackie, Ph.D. – President and CEO of STEM NOLA
- Chuck Wilson – Executive Director of National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA)
“The problem that is facing us isn’t new, we’re in the midst of a fourth industrial revolution. The first industrial revolution… we had a challenge of switching an agricultural society to an industrial society… Now, we are in a fourth industrial revolution, which includes the internet of things, censors, artificial intelligence, robotics… The only difference in those other three industrial revolutions was that we always trained people to do the work and we had enough people, primarily white males. The challenge is now we need everybody and now we have to talk about STEM for all… and we need to make sure that the resources the congressman talks about are applied equally to communities that otherwise have never had access,” said Dr. Mackie.
Former Congressman Rick White highlighted cultural issues with the STEM gap saying, “So encouraging to hear about these great stories, approaches, these great teachers we have and programs like Calvin has but somehow we’re not getting these people into these jobs. I think we need to recognize there’s something about our culture that could help us do this. A kid that picks up a football may want to be a football player but a kid that touches a computer does not necessarily want to be a STEM guy. We need to show that being a STEM person is cool!”
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