Dr. Mae Jemison, a pioneering astronaut as the first woman of color to orbit the earth, is encouraging children to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in order to prepare them for the next generation of employment in the Houston area.
"Children's interest in science starts early in life and it's up to all of us to keep that interest alive as students move through the STEM education pipeline and into jobs that are creating economic opportunities for our friends and neighbors," says Jemison. "Technology is great, but sometimes you have to put the computers away, roll up your sleeves and actually grow the potato in the cup to truly understand what the term 'life cycle' means."
As the Bayer Corporation Making Science Make Sense® spokeswoman, Jemison will introduce a STEM education partnership between Bayer, the National Math & Science Initiative (NMSI) and the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District (CCSID) on Tuesday that will allow Baytown junior high and high school students and teachers to learn about STEM experiments and help prepare students for STEM careers.
Jemison announced on FOX 26 Morning News that the Bayer USA Foundation will present a grant to NMSI and Goose Creek School District that for the first time will create a seamless school-to-work STEM pipeline beginning in elementary school, through junior and high school, into two- and four-year colleges with paid internships and ending up in good, high-paying STEM jobs in the Houston area.
Visit http://bayerus.com/msms/MSMS_Home.aspx to learn more about the Bayer Corporation Making Science Make Sense program.