Apr 15, 2017 10:23 PM EDT
STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, art and math) has become an essential part of growing future innovators. A lot of companies, including Ford Motor Company, are investing in programs to encourage young students to explore new possibilities in the STEAM fields.
The Ford STEAM Experience Brand Manager Tracy Magee talked about the company's commitment to educational initiatives this morning at the Broadcast House. Magee said Ford has been active in STEAM education for about 30 years. They have invested $63 million in a number of programs for the last 5 years.
She added that STEAM education is a very important topic for Ford and many other companies. There is a big need for problem solvers and future engineers and technical careers.
Ford has most recently partnered with Kode With Klossy to help expand coding camps for young women across the country. The organization was founded by supermodel Karlie Kloss where she hosts free two-week long programs to help motivate girls to pursue careers in STEAM-related fields.
Magee said their investment with Kode With Klossy will help the organization expand from three camps to 15 in 10 cities. The company will offer 300 scholarships to young women ages 13 to 18 nationwide, which will give more students the opportunity to participate. Margee added that they are doing a Detroit-based camp and the applications are open now until the end of April.
A year ago, Ford created a platform called the STEAM Experience. Their mission is to help unify all of the automaker's ongoing efforts to open a window for girls and all children to be able to see what they would be able to do. Magee said they want to be there to have the STEM education part of it, WXYZ reported.
Interested applicants can learn more about Ford's STEAM programs by going to their website.
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