Ford and FIRST® Increase STEM Access to Inspire Young Innovators
It’s a bit of a cliché to say, but the future comes at you fast and with no warning. That’s why Ford and FIRST® – a robotics community that prepares young students for the future – are teaming up to increase access to STEM education. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. Through this partnership, Ford and FIRST® will increase STEM access in an effort to inspire young innovators to create a future we can all be proud of. But how is it going to work? And what exactly are Ford and FIRST® planning to do throughout the lifespan of their partnership? Let’s ask them and find out.
What Ford and FIRST® Have to Say About Their STEM Partnership
Information about an initiative as important as this shouldn’t come second-hand, which is why we’re going to hear about it straight from the leaders at Ford and FIRST®.
“FIRST is proud to recognize Ford Motor Company as a Strategic Partner. Ford’s dedication and involvement has spanned more than 20 years, and tens of thousands of students have been mentored by passionate Ford employees. FIRST participants are 2-3 times more likely to have gains in STEM career interest, and we know that sparking this interest is critical for closing the skills gap of the current STEM workforce. Together with Ford, we will continue to inspire more students to pursue STEM, and provide role models, mentorship, and pathways to successful and productive lives.”Larry Cohen, President of FIRST
“Inspiring next-generation innovators has never been more important in a world where technology is transforming so many parts of our lives so quickly, and only is speeding up. This is why Ford is not waiting for change to happen, but instead leading a number of disruptions such as autonomous vehicles that could work with robots for more efficient e-commerce deliveries that will usher in a new era of transportation. To create this future, we are counting on a talented workforce of the type that FIRST’s efforts are helping us to secure.”Ken Washington, Chief Technology Officer, Ford Motor Company