EWH Celebrates April as STEM Education Month in North Carolina
EWH is celebrating STEM Education Month in our home state of North Carolina.
Governor Roy Cooper first proclaimed April as North Carolina STEM Education Month in 2021 to show support for the students, leaders and organizations in STEM fields across the state. “Learning about science, technology, engineering and math expands horizons, teaches new skills and prepares students for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Governor Cooper.
Engineering World Health is a global organization with strong roots in North Carolina’s Triangle region. In addition to our work that takes us around the world, EWH is proud to invest in education in our local community through STEM outreach initiatives such as our innovative Kits for the Classroom program, which brings high-quality, hands-on engineering education to students in underserved communities.
Our region is an incredible hub of innovation and education, home to world-class universities and some of the fastest growing companies in the world. A closer look will reveal that STEM is at the heart of this highly productive education and business ecosystem; life sciences, technology, advanced manufacturing, and agricultural technology are key industries driving our success. Our goal is to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math to explore an interest in STEM and pursue it further, ultimately opening doors to further education and new career paths in the rewarding, well-paying STEM fields that North Carolina has to offer.
Since 2021, Kits for the Classroom has reached over 3,314 students, of which 53% were female, 40% Black, 26% Hispanic, and 1% Native American - all groups underrepresented in STEM. By facilitating fun, engaging activities like the ones schools in higher-resource communities can provide, EWH aims to level the playing field and promote social mobility through education. Learn more about Kits for the Classroom here.
EWH will recognize this important month with an event aimed at showing high school and university students that there is a place for them in STEM. “See Yourself in STEM” will take place on Apr 19, 2023 at 12 PM EST. EWH President & CEO Dr. Tojan Rahhal will facilitate a conversation with four successful engineers from diverse backgrounds who will be joining from around the world to discuss their exciting careers and how they forged a path in STEM. Find more information and register to attend the event here.
Generous support for Kits for the Classroom has been provided by United Way of the Greater Triangle, Duke Health, Vontier, and STEM RTP, and Danaher Corporation. Thank you!