Advancing Science and Math Education
Applied Materials hosted United States Congressman Mike Honda and members of the newly formed Silicon Valley STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Advisory Board to discuss advancing STEM programs throughout schools across the U.S. to ensure that the children of today have the educational background to become the tech innovators of tomorrow. This was the first of four meetings for the board, made up of more than 65 educators, leaders from high tech companies, including Applied, and nonprofits. The meeting was held at our company headquarters in Santa Clara on July 26.
Keynote Speaker Tom Kalil, the White House’s Deputy Director of Science and Technology policy, said “many companies recognize that encouraging STEM is a survival issue in terms of ensuring a future work force.”
Ultimately, the goal is to bring together Silicon Valley leaders who have an interest in promoting STEM-related education.
Honda said, “With the formation of this Advisory Council, the educational needs of tech companies and expertise of Administration and government officials will have a more coordinated impact on STEM learning in the U.S.”
Applied Materials has a long history of supporting strategic education efforts focused on student academic achievement and was recently featured in an Information Technology Industry Council publication, Moving Education Forward: Strengthening STEM in Today’s Classrooms. The book highlights our deep commitment to education, including furthering STEM skills.
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