In 2012, local and national businesses, education leaders, and corporations created a unique, hands-on, two-week workshop in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics. STEMersion hopes participating teachers will take this real-world experience back to their classrooms and encourage their students to follow career pathways that will lead to internships and other workplace learning opportunities, while still in middle and high school.
Teachers are provided with a stipend to participate in the two-week workshop. Each year, 50 teachers spend two weeks visiting STEMersion partner sites. During these visits, teachers learn about the inner workings of the business and the importance of math, engineering, technology and science skills from their employees. Each STEMersion partner speaks with and encourages teachers to explain how important it is for their students to enroll in and excel in higher-level math and science courses available in schools. Business partners show teachers the work environment and the practical use of formulas, theories and concepts taught in the classroom. Teachers also learn from partners resources available from outside the school system, such as help developing curriculum and workplace opportunities for students.
Watch the video below to learn more about STEMersion.
This year’s two-week event will be held from July 24, 2017-August 4, 2017.
The businesses from STEMersion 2012 became truly involved in the education system and now have a vested interest in the system that will ultimately help them find their future workforce. Business partners can participate in two ways, as hosts and/or sponsors.
A host partner will arrange a day at their business and should include “in-the-facility” tours, presentations from employees, and candid conversations with employees to reinforce how they use STEM education. We have found the more hands-on the opportunities were, the more teachers learned.
|A business sponsor provides a monetary donation to defray the cost of the program. Our primary funding obligation is to provide a stipend to each of the school staff members. Many of our participants incur out-of-pocket expenses for gas, childcare, and even taking leave from summer employment to attend.Our goal is for every educator to receive a minimum $1,000 stipend for attending the two-week program. Based on the size of your company and commitment to building a strong STEM workforce in the Charlotte area, there are several levels of sponsorship.|
|For more details on how to sponsor, view this 2017 letter from Ann Clark, Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools|