Intel believes the key to solving global challenges lies in providing students a solid foundation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. I’m proud to work for an organization that provides a wide array of STEM-centered tools, resources and contributions – all designed to inspire the next generation of innovators and scientists.
I had the privilege of presenting at the National GEM Consortium annual conference held September 13-15 in Los Angeles. GEM is one of Intel’s most valued partnerships as this network of leading corporations, government labs, universities and research institutes provides scholars of color with full-tuition fellowships in STEM at the master’s and PhD level.
At the GEM event in LA with a few of Intel-sponsored GEM Fellows.
I was joined by officials from Space X, USC, Northrup Grumman, UCLA, Lockheed Martin, Cal Poly Tech, Boeing, Claremont McKenna, Aerospace and others to engage with more than 200 STEM students and fellows. What impressed me the most was the impact we are making on tomorrow’s future.
STEM in High School
In addition to GEM, Intel works with educational and industry partners through high school curriculum design, summer immersion programs, internships, and college scholarships to inspire and prepare students to graduate from college with technical degrees. Investing in strategic STEM programs at the high-school and college levels paves the way for greater participation of a diversity of students in STEM education, including girls and underrepresented minorities.
We have achieved impressive results from our Oakland Education initiative, designed to see students from high school through college, to jobs at Intel or in the tech sector. We’ve taken a comprehensive approach to focus on students, teachers, parents, and the community.
Before Intel’s investment, the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) had 196 students enrolled in Computer Science (CS), and now nearly 2,800 students are enrolled (a 400% increase). Before, OUSD had only 24 students enrolled in an advanced placement (AP) CS course, and now it has 416 students enrolled (a 17x increase). Before, OUSD’s CS courses had only 127 under-represented minority students enrolled, and now that has grown to 1,933 (a 15x increase), and female enrollment has climbed from 47 to 1,238 (a 28x increase).
E4T and Intel, together with the Ocala STEAM Academy, offer engaging technology workshops to under-served middle schoolers in San Jose, California.
For the last three years, we’ve worked with the school to offer engaging all-day workshops at Intel’s Santa Clara facilities for 70-80 under-served middle schoolers, educating them on technology. We will continue to do that and monitor the students’ progress.
Creating Pathways for Native American Students
Intel also works in partnership with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Intel supports AISES’ “Growing the Legacy” scholarship program. This four-year initiative provides financial support, Intel mentors, and opportunities for paid internships or jobs at Intel upon graduation to 40 students every year.
Our partnership with AISES extends our commitment and our investment in the Native American community following the Next Generation of Native American Coders project in 2016 at the Navajo Nation in Arizona, where we introduced computer classes, trained teachers and provided a computer lab for three Navajo high schools.
Ongoing STEM Commitment
From K-12 to graduate fellowships and career opportunities, supporting students throughout their STEM education helps Intel build a better company, a better industry, and a better world. To learn more about Intel’s commitment to inspiring and empowering future innovators, visit our Intel® Innovation Generation page.
Michael Greene is VP & General Manager, Intel System Technologies and Optimization Division. He leads a worldwide organization responsible for a broad range of development, enabling, and architecture analysis efforts to accelerate development velocity and time to market for Intel platforms. He joined Intel in 1990, after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and managing several new product developments, research efforts, and engineering groups. Michael has served as Intel’s initiative owner for power efficiency, pre silicon software development, and has driven new technology benchmarking throughout his career. Follow Michael on Twitter.