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March 23, 2015 13:55 ET

Change the Equation Launches "Start with STEM," Nationwide Campaign to Support the Expansion of Highest Quality K-12 STEM Education Programs

The Yearlong Effort Aims to Reach an Additional 1.5 Million Students Through Corporate Philanthropy and Volunteerism

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - March 23, 2015) - Timed with today's White House Science Fair, Change the Equation has launched a nationwide campaign called Start with STEM, to drive corporate dollars and volunteerism to the nation's highest quality K-12 STEM programs and schools. The campaign is directly tied to CTEq's ambitious 2015 goal for Corporate America to reach 1.5 million new students through these STEM education programs, as described earlier today in an official White House statement.

The campaign comes at a critical moment, as the STEM skills gap continues to present serious challenges for U.S. businesses and the nation's future prosperity.

"Universal STEM proficiency is vital, not just for this generation of job seekers, but even more so for our next generation," noted Linda P. Rosen, CTEq CEO. "Giving every young person a good, early start in STEM can have enormous ripple effects for the future of our American workforce and informed citizenry."

Start with STEM offers a platform for Corporate America to support and celebrate what is possible when corporate investments, of both time and treasure, focus on a young person's potential to thrive in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, especially during the formative K-12 years.

Today's White House Science Fair is a natural moment to launch the campaign, given CTEq's history. In 2010, CEOs from leading American companies answered President Obama's call by forming CTEq, with the goal of driving corporate philanthropy into the most effective STEM programs and ensuring that students of all backgrounds succeed in STEM subjects. To achieve that goal, CTEq created STEMworks, which endorses STEM programs that meet rigorous principles for effectiveness and impact, and upon which this campaign is based.

There are 66 high-impact programs in STEMWorks and others still to be added, including programs to get girls and minorities hooked on STEM; hands-on engineering and robotics programs; programs to train and support teachers; programs that offer rich hands-on curriculum and materials; and programs that expose teachers and students to STEM careers. 

Last year, CTEq member companies reached 330,000 students through these effective STEM education programs. This year's goal is to expand the reach to an additional 1.5 million K-12 students including those from lower-income communities.

To learn more about Start with STEM or to support a STEMWorks program in your city, visit http://changetheequation.org/StartwithSTEM

About Change the Equation

Since 2010, Change the Equation has been championing the value of a good start through K-12 STEM education as a means to build and inspire the next generation of America's workforce. The CEO coalition works at the intersection of business and education to ensure that all students are STEM literate by collaborating with schools, communities, and states to adopt and implement excellent STEM policies and programs. 

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