General Motors volunteers help second- through sixth-grade students at Detroit International Academy during a STEM-focused activity in celebration of the GM—Black Girls Code partnership and the launch of a Detroit chapter in Detroit, Michigan.

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Introduce New STEM Partnerships

GM recently announced funding for four programs that support students and teachers engaged in STEM.

GM’s new STEM Impact Compass is helping us identify partnerships that best leverage our own capabilities and have the greatest possible impact on the communities they support. We recently announced funding for four innovative programs designed to encourage young people to go into technology and engineering professions and improve teacher training in STEM-related subjects:

  • Code.org has enabled 10 percent of K-12 students across the world to try the site’s courses and the Hour of Code. Today, 9 million girls are learning to code on Code.org, and 48 percent of online course participants are underrepresented minorities. GM’s support is helping Code.org train 1,400 computer science teachers who teach over 40,000 secondary students across the U.S.

There are now more job openings in Detroit for computer programmers than there are in manufacturing. GM needs skilled STEM talent—and that’s why we’re on a mission to help build the next generation of STEM leaders, including women.

Mary Barra,
GM Chairman and CEO
  • Black Girls Code is dedicated to increasing the number of women of color in technology careers. GM is helping Black Girls Code expand exposure to coding and technology to underrepresented girls in the Detroit area.
  • Institute of Play is a New York City–based organization that pioneers new models of learning and engagement through the design of learning experiences that are rooted in the principles of game design. The Institute is developing an eight-month professional development fellowship for middle and high school STEM educators focused on the power of games, play and digital tools to transform both teacher practice and student engagement.
  • Digital Promise was created to accelerate innovation in education and improve opportunities to learn. GM is supporting a research study and development of an online microcredential curriculum for teachers in computational thinking. Microcredentials combine in-person and online learning and allow educators to earn online “badges” of expertise in new areas.

We extended our support throughout the year by partnering with DonorsChoose, surprising five teachers who posted their hands-on ideas to teach STEM topics ranging from alternative energy to bacterial growth. In addition to fully funding the teachers’ projects, each teacher was awarded a $5,000 DonorsChoose.org gift card to bring their most creative STEM ideas to life in the classroom. With these gifts, GM helped DonorsChoose reach over 40,000 students in 330 schools.

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