Igniting Success host Snowden McFall talks with Kathleen Schofield, STEM2 Hub Executive Director, about the role and increasing importance of women in STEM.
Jacksonville Business Journal Leadership Trust is an Invitation-Only Community for Top Business Decision Makers in Jacksonville
Jacksonville (1/28/2020) — Kathleen Schofield, Executive Director of Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub has been invited to join Jacksonville Business Journal Leadership Trust, an exclusive community for influential business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs in Jacksonville.
Kathleen was chosen for membership by the Jacksonville Business Journal Leadership Trust Selection Committee due to her experience, leadership and influence in the local business landscape and beyond. Kathleen is pioneering STEM2 (science, technology, engineering, math, medicine) education in Northeast Florida, throughout the state and internationally.
“Jacksonville’s thriving business community is powered by leaders like Kathleen Schofield said Sara Leutzinger, President and Publisher of Jacksonville Business Journal. “We’re honored to be creating a space where the region’s business influencers come together to increase their impact on the community, build their businesses and connect with and strengthen one another.”
As an invited member, Kathleen will contribute articles to the Jacksonville Business Journal website and participate alongside fellow members in Expert Panels. She will connect and collaborate with a vetted network of local leaders in a members-only directory and a private forum on the group’s mobile app. Kathleen will also benefit from leadership and business coaching, an Executive Profile on the Jacksonville Business Journal website, select partner discounts and services and ongoing support from the community’s concierge team.
“I am thrilled to join the team of business leaders collaborating through the Jacksonville Business Journal and the opportunity to share the exciting developments in STEM2 education in the region,” Kathleen said. “I believe that ‘Impossible means we just haven’t found the solution yet’ and working together to overcome the challenges we all face is a big part of realizing ‘the impossible.’”
The Jacksonville Business Journal Leadership Trust team is honored to welcome Kathleen to the community and looks forward to helping her elevate her personal brand, strengthen her circle of trusted advisors and position her to further impact the Jacksonville business community and beyond.
About the Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub
The Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub convenes, inspires and invest sin the STEM2 field by providing the essential missing elements to accelerate the growth of STEM2 education and careers in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns counties. Follow these links to see the STEM2Hub corporate board members and for more information about the STEM2 field in Northeast Florida.
About Business Journals Leadership Trust
Jacksonville Business Journal Leadership Trust is a part of Business Journals Leadership Trust — a collective of invitation-only networks of influential business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs in your community. Membership is based on an application and selection committee review. Benefits include private online forums, the ability to publish insights on bizjournals.com, business and executive coaching and a dedicated concierge team. To learn more and find out if you qualify, visit trust.bizjournals.com.
The future of engineering took flight Saturday via homemade water-propelled rockets and tiny, programmed robots navigating a track as about 100 girls from throughout Jacksonville participated in Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at the University of North Florida.
The annual event introduces third through fifth grade female students to a variety of engineering disciplines via hands-on activities designed to spark the imagination and inspire creativity while promoting the profession to young women. The program was hosted by the Society of Women Engineers UNF Student Chapter and the Center for the Advancement of Women in Engineering.
Amazon and FIRST have announced that 100 schools serving students from underrepresented and underserved communities from across the country, including KIPP Jacksonville, will receive an Amazon Future Engineer Robotics Grant to inspire the next generation of computer scientists. The 100 schools across 21 states will receive support to launch FIRST robotics teams, including teacher professional development to learn about robotics, $10,000 from Amazon to expand access to computer science education in their school, and a tour of a local Amazon fulfillment center. Read more about the new program here.
FIRST’s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills to students in grades K-12. Data from a 5-year longitudinal study of FIRST by Brandeis University shows competitive FIRST robotics programs works for all youth. Across all demographic groups (gender, race, economic status and geography), FIRST students show significant gains in STEM knowledge, STEM interest, STEM career interest, STEM identity, and STEM activity compared to their peers who don’t participate. FIRSTstudents are more likely to major in tech-focused science fields in college; by their second year of college, over 50 percent declare majors in engineering or technology. The impact on young women in FIRST is particularly profound. By their first year of college, female alumnae of FIRST are 3.6 times more likely to take an engineering course, and 1.9 times more likely to take a computer science course than female comparison students.
“The Amazon Future Engineer Robotics Grant is a game changer for middle and high school students throughout 53 KIPP schools around the country,” said Dave Levin, co-founder of KIPP Public Schools. “The generosity of Amazon will ensure more KIPP students than ever will have the opportunity not only to pursue successful careers in STEM, but help diversify the industry for future generations.”
“Amazon is helping FIRST in our goal to make robotics teams and programs available in every school,” said Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST and president of DEKA Research & Development. “In FIRST, every kid on every team can go pro. They gain a hands-on learning pathway in technology, computer science and engineering that propels them forward and inspires innovation.”
“We can’t wait to bring thousands of students into Amazon’s fulfillment centers to show them the amazing technology operating behind the scenes,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO Consumer Worldwide, Amazon. “These students are the innovators of the future, and we’re confident that this hands-on experience provided by Amazon Future Engineer will inspire them in their academic pursuits and beyond.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs. Computer science is the fastest-growing profession within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field, but only 8% of STEM graduates earn a computer science degree, with a tiny minority from underprivileged backgrounds. Students from underprivileged backgrounds are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.
Launched in November, 2018, Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part childhood-to-career program intended to inspire, educate, and prepare children and young adults from underrepresented and underserved communities to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer science. Each year, Amazon Future Engineer aims to inspire more than 10 million kids to explore computer science; provide over 100,000 young people in over 2,000 high schools access to Intro or AP Computer Science courses; award 100 students with four-year $10,000 scholarships, as well as offer guaranteed and paid Amazon internships to gain work experience. Amazon Future Engineer is part of Amazon’s $50 million investment in computer science/STEM education. In addition, Amazon Future Engineer has donated more than $10 million to organizations that promote computer science/STEM education across the country.
Inspired by Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, Inc., WOZ ED provides a personalized approach to nurturing an engineering mindset through hands-on projects. WOZ ED is focused on preparing learners for careers in the technology sector, beginning in kindergarten and culminating at high school graduation.
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