General Motors works across the country to bring culturally responsive programs to youth who may not otherwise have robust STEM learning opportunities available to them.
We are helping youth from diverse communities develop a STEM identity and foundation in an effort to increase presence, persistence and achievement in STEM. Through investments in immersive learning, computational thinking, artificial intelligence and the digitization of education, GM is committed to equipping students from all backgrounds with future industry-relevant skills, accelerating the path to an equitable STEM talent pipeline.
Despite the promise of STEM careers, too few students are pursuing STEM-related education and degrees today. This has led to a looming talent gap for our future workforce. This gap exists at all levels of education, especially in the U.S. The most recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, for example, reports lagging scores for U.S. students as early as fourth grade. By high school, according to the Programme for International Student Assessment, the U.S. ranks 38th out of 71 countries in math ability, and 30th among the 35 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member countries.
We choose initiatives and partners using a research-based analysis of various challenges, such as teacher shortages, quality of teaching resources, high attrition rates for underrepresented minorities, low student engagement, and inequities and inequalities in STEM education. Given the strategic importance of STEM education to the long-term sustainability of our business, GM engaged with 72 nonprofit organizations across the U.S. in 2020 in an effort to:
- Increase the number of students who earn a STEM degree that matches market needs.
- Increase the presence, achievement and persistence of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.
- Increase the supply of qualified teachers trained in STEM-related subjects.