This week SLI Students volunteered at Beyond Innovation, a STEM event hosted by Beyond Sport, 49ers Foundation, and Chevron. The event focused on potential STEM education innovations, with the goal of filling the growing demand for STEM skills across several industries.

“On May 9, over 200 leaders in business, sport, development and tech convened at Beyond Innovation at the Levi’s Stadium to help shape the agenda for the first-ever coalition on sport’s role in STEM education.

The future of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education took a crucial step forward with the launch of the Sport and STEM Alliance. The Sport and STEM Alliance is a coalition of like-minded, leading global organizations driving innovation in STEM education through sports.

Global influencers and decision makers from government, business and sports convened to hear from the likes of Pixar, EverFi, US 2020, Chelsea Football Club Foundation and HP, and were challenged to explore the opportunity for sports to be part of the solution to the very real challenge of preventing the predicted shortfall of 85million skilled jobs in the global economy by 2020.

In the next decade, 80% of jobs will require STEM skills; responsible, leading, organisations know that their future workforce – and subsequent returns – will rely on the next generation being inspired to engage in STEM education from a young age.

The world needs a workforce of skilled STEM innovators to address not only the most pressing global challenges of the coming century: food shortages, exponential increases in non-communicable diseases, climate change, energy shortages, and more, but also for governments to drive their economic prosperity.

In the next decade, 80% of jobs will require STEM skills; responsible, leading, organisations know that their future workforce – and subsequent returns – will rely on the next generation being inspired to engage in STEM education from a young age. STEM jobs are growing at 1.7 times the rate of non-STEM jobs, and the U.S. is not producing enough candidates to fill them. Only 16% of high school seniors are interested in pursuing STEM careers, according to the Department of Education.

Since 2009, Beyond Sport, the global force for sustainable change through sport, has taken a broad view of what sport can do for society. Recognizing the pressing need for new approaches to STEM education, Beyond Sport came together with the49ers Foundation and Chevron to host Beyond Innovation, the first-ever event that explored how sports can be leveraged as a tool to improve, empower and create new approaches to STEM education.

Joanne Pasternack, Vice President & Executive Director, 49ers Foundation commented about hosting the event and on the Alliance, “To have the home of the 49ers as the backdrop for Beyond Innovation’s second-ever convening was special for the 49ers Foundation, which has worked for years to introduce innovative approaches to STEM education through efforts like the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute. The Sport and STEM Alliance will be a force for change as we look for ways to better prepare students for STEM-based careers and the 49ers Foundation is honored to be considered a founding member alongside Beyond Sport, Chevron and Verizon.” […]

The outcomes of the event shaped the mission and objectives of the Sport and STEM Alliance, which will take action on key challenges in STEM education by sharing best practice, commissioning research, and widening the network and stakeholders in sport.”

For the full article, visit Beyond Sport’s webpage

For more information about the event, visit the 49ers Foundation webpage.


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