Today we recognized Boeing for its commitment and generous support empowering the next generation of explorers with authentic science learning experiences. Since 1992, Boeing’s philanthropic investment in Space Center Houston totals more than $2 million toward inspiring youth and educators through science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) education.
Together, Space Center Houston and Boeing are fueling the STEM pathway. To make the connection from the classroom to the real-world, Houston-area girls met with leaders in the space industry to share reflections on their scientific research as a part of their hands-on inquiry-based learning through the Girls STEM Pathway initiative, presented by Boeing.
The day also included recognition of Boeing with a new sign affixed to the tower at Space Center Houston’s Independence Plaza exhibit complex. With Boeing’s leadership support the center opened Independence Plaza in 2016, the biggest project for the center since opening its doors. The international landmark is the only place in the world where guests can enter the original shuttle carrier aircraft, a modified Boeing 747 mated with a high-fidelity space shuttle replica.
“Boeing’s longtime support has and is enabling Space Center Houston to prepare youth for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” said William T. Harris, president and CEO of Space Center Houston. “Their generous investment and collaboration provides people of all ages with immersive science learning experiences.”
Thanks in part to Boeing’s ongoing support, Space Center Houston’s education programs have impacted more than 250,000 students and teachers annually from across the globe. Prior support includes funding to benefit Space Center Houston’s Girls STEM Pathway initiative, which engages under-resourced girls with 21st century skills to fuel their imaginations and provide authentic learning experiences in STEM careers.
The Girls STEM Pathway initiative, presented by Boeing, is a comprehensive six phase initiative that includes an introductory elementary school experience, a middle school project-based STEM experience, a summer bridge program with mentoring support and a program for high school girls to engage in scientific research.
Boeing’s support for the development of the Girls STEM Pathway initiative includes three consecutive years of grant support to launch the program in 2016-18, along with a growing cadre of Boeing employees who provide a volunteer network of female STEM professionals who serve as role models offering mentorship support to motivate and help young girls be successful in the workforce.
The Girls STEM Pathway series takes place throughout the year at Space Center Houston and via online platforms. Approximately 850 students have participated in Girls STEM Pathway to date.