Program addresses need for more math and science education in U.S. classrooms
UTC recently provided Junior Achievement with a $1.3 million grant to rewrite a fifth grade curriculum for students in the United States to include science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. The grant is part of a three-year partnership that UTC has with Junior Achievement.
“STEM is particularly important because the quality of life that we enjoy today is dependent on it—for economies to continue to grow, these are the skills that will be needed,” said Andrea Doane, UTC’s Director of Corporate Citizenship and Community Investment.
As a leader in technology and innovation, UTC is focused on developing the next generation of engineers, researchers. We support innovation and creativity for future generations through educational programs in math, science, engineering and technology.
U.S. Department of Labor projections indicate 90 percent of the fastest-growing jobs require education beyond high school, and, nearly half of the high-growth jobs identified are STEM-related.
The program, called Our Nation, will reach 600,000 students in Junior Achievement classes across the U.S. The curriculum teaches students the value of STEM-related skills in business by studying and analyzing historical and modern-day inventions and innovations.
Junior Achievement programs are delivered in the classroom by volunteers from the community, often from local businesses, who provide career guidance and mentoring to students.
Nationally, 700 UTC employees volunteer each year with Junior Achievement programs. Recently, more than 20 Pratt & Whitney volunteers introduced the program to students at the Hockanum Elementary School in East Hartford, Conn.