Promoting STEM Education Through The Ford High School Science
Abstract: This paper is authored by Imad H. Makki of Ford Motor Company and is part of the 2013 Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.
The fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) have been critical for the U.S. workforce in order to maintain its competitiveness and leadership worldwide, and to stand at the forefront of innovation in the U.S. economy.
For the past three decades, Ford Motor Company has been a pioneer and a leading force in promoting STEM education amongst high school students in southeast Michigan, inspiring generations of scientists and engineers, demonstrating the wonders of science and technology thru a unique initiative: the Ford High School Science and Technology Program (HSSTP). The intent of the program is to increase student's interest in engineering, science, mathematics, and related careers. In this paper, we will review the motivation behind the Ford HSSTP program, discuss lessons learned, and provide some suggestions to others who are interested in developing similar programs.
Keywords: STEM - Conference Proceedings - K-12 Outreach - Hands-on Learning