Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM Education
Learn about STEM programs and mentorships sponsored by MathWorks to inspire students from all genders and races to pursue STEM studies and careers. Examples include worldwide STEM classes and mentorship with primary school students, teacher scholarships for integrating science and engineering practices into curricula, Massachusetts STEM Week, and Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair. (Presented at the opening ceremony at Massachusetts STEM Week)
Hello, my name is PJ Boardman. And on behalf of MathWorks, I'm very pleased to address you this morning as part of STEM Week's opening ceremony here in our great Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MathWorks is committed to accelerating the pace of engineering and science by ensuring that students and professionals around the world have the best possible tools for design and innovation, to increase human knowledge, and to profoundly improve our standard of living.
To do this, we strongly believe we need diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM education, and in our workforce. Today more than ever before, the call for equality and social reform underscores the importance of diversity in STEM professions, and the imperative to inspire students of all genders and races to pursue STEM studies and careers.
This imperative is reflected in this year's Massachusetts STEM Week theme of "See Yourself in STEM." It's not just about breaking through barriers. It's about shattering stereotypes. And it's also about the essential need for role models and mentors, particularly for students from underrepresented groups.
MathWorks has a long history of developing and supporting STEM education programs worldwide. Through these programs, our staff engages with students through hands-on projects, mentoring, and sharing career experiences with the goal of inspiring them to explore and to achieve more.
We are so proud to partner with organizations, like MSEF, who share these goals with us. Our partnership goes back more than a decade, and we are so happy to have contributed to the growth and success of the program over the years. Each year, we sponsor scholarships for teachers to participate in MSEF's Curious Minds Initiative. It's a professional development program aimed at integrating science and engineering practices into curricula.
Over the years, our staff has volunteered as judges at the MSEF middle and high school fairs, and participated in the Expo with interactive demos. Through these fairs, students had the opportunity to apply the same methods and critical thinking used by professionals to innovate, to challenge conventions, and to advance our understanding of the world.
A great example of one such student is this year's MSEF MathWorks awardee, Suvin Sundararajan, a senior from Westfield High School. When Suvin was just a junior, he designed a process for synthesizing filament and fused deposition modeling. His hard work and dedication to explore STEM beyond the classroom is impressive. Not only is Suvin an accomplished student, but he also won a first place award at the International Science and Engineering Fair last year.
On behalf of MathWorks, I'd like to send our sincere congratulations to Suvin, and to all the teachers and students who are doing such extraordinary work in these times. You are truly our heroes, and you inspire us each day as you build our next generation of scientists and engineers. I'd now like to invite Suvin to share a bit more about his MSEF project. And I want to wish all of you an amazing experience during STEM Week. Suvin, cheers to you. The floor is now yours.
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