Currently under development, the initiative will feature a free STEM hub that is part of the Sesamestreet.org website with educational resources for preschool children. Educators, parents, caregivers and kids will be able to access STEM videos, interactive games, hands-on lesson plans and activities that present STEM learning concepts in fun, creative and engaging ways. Short promotional videos will encourage families to make STEM learning part of their daily activities and reinforce the importance of STEM education.
“CA Technologies is proud to partner with Sesame Workshop and support the development of creative and interactive programs that engage children in STEM learning,” said Andrew Wittman, chief marketing officer, CA Technologies. “Like our Sesame Workshop partners, we believe all children should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Through this initiative, we are hoping to help young people discover an interest in technology and consider educational opportunities and careers in technical fields.”
There are numerous facts and statistics that indicate improved STEM education is a critical need. Students in the United States are falling behind their peers globally in this area, and increases in STEM-related job openings are becoming increasingly more difficult to fill. High-quality STEM educational experiences prepare students to enter STEM-related fields, and foster critical thinking and problem solving skills essential for academic success.
“Through early STEM education, we strive to help children develop stronger critical thinking skills and a better understanding of how things work to help prepare them for future learning,” said Sherrie Rollins Westin, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Sesame Workshop. “We’re grateful to CA Technologies for supporting our work on STEM education and helping us to reach more children with this valuable curriculum.”
Last year, President Obama announced plans for a new, national corps to recognize and reward leading STEM educators. Significant funding from the existing Teacher Incentive Fund will be redirected to help school districts implement plans to establish career ladders that identify, develop and leverage highly effective STEM teachers.
Additionally, the administration also announced an ambitious goal of preparing 100,000 additional STEM teachers over the next decade. This program would provide competitive awards to create or expand high-quality pathways to teacher certification and other innovative approaches for recruiting, training and placing talented graduates and professionals in STEM fields in high-need schools.
With the president’s leadership, over 115 organizations, led by Carnegie Corporation of New York and Opportunity Equation, came together to form 100Kin10, a STEM coalition to help reach this goal. Both CA Technologies and Sesame Workshop participate in the 100Kin10 effort and are members of the Clinton Global Initiative’s STEM education and Early Childhood Development working groups.
About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows including The Electric Company, to help bridge the literacy gap. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.