One such example of a corporate effort is the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program, which invites students in grades K-12 to propose an idea for technology 20 years in the future based on an existing challenge or limitation. The program incorporates many of the science and engineering practices promoted in the NGSS so teachers can use it to enrich their curriculum with hands-on experiences or offer it as an extracurricular opportunity for their students.
Certainly there are other examples of corporate partnerships, but the truth is there are simply not enough. Corporations have the resources to invest in such efforts—and can even offer valuable professional guidance to students wishing to pursue a career in STEM. It may take some time, but corporate efforts to emphasize STEM education are bound to have a positive effect. So, let's tackle this problem—together.
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Commentary by Bill Nye, an American science educator, comedian, television host, actor, writer, scientist, and former mechanical engineer. He is best known as the host of the Disney/PBS children's science show "Bill Nye the Science Guy" (1993–98) and for his many subsequent appearances in popular media as a science educator. He has been a guest speaker at the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision awards gala for over 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @TheScienceGuy.