The District 54 Education Foundation funds after-school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs so that all students have the opportunity to become innovators, practice collaboration and be prepared for the exciting opportunities in their futures. This has included GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) clubs at each school funded via a pass-through grant from Motorola, as well as rocketry clubs, LEGO Robotics clubs and FUSE.
Innovation has never been more important than it is now. Without innovation, new ideas and creative solutions to tomorrow’s complex challenges will not occur.
Multiple studies have shown that when the skills and talents of a scientist, engineer or mathematician are applied with open-ended activities using technology, creativity and innovation are more likely to result. This growing body of research has led to an increased emphasis on STEM learning opportunities for students.
The long-term economic success of our country rests on its ability to be a world leader in the creation of new ideas and industries, which will lead to more and higher-paying jobs. In partnership with District 54, the Foundation is providing high-quality STEM educational experiences to prepare our students to successfully meet the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.