Intel is extremely proud of our nearly two-decade partnership with Society for Science & the Public and the millions of amazing young scientists and technologists who have inspired us through their talents and passion for changing the world. We are committed to supporting a world-class Intel International Science and Engineering Fair through 2019, and to continuing to inspire, educate and engage the next generation of innovators in the U.S. and around the globe.
While the mix of activities we support is evolving, investing in STEM education has never been more important for Intel, a company that relies more than most on the talents of bright people with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math.
Among the programs we continue to support are the Intel-Oakland Unified School District Initiative, the Women in Science (WiSci) Girls STEAM Camp, the Native American STEM Pathway Projects, a broad range of maker activities and maker-related education, and more. All of these programs, and the other ones around the world we support, help to engage youth with STEM related topics in meaningful ways.
We are committed to continuing to support STEM education and future innovation by providing opportunities for a wider and more diverse cross-section of youth around the world to participate in programs that inspire them and encourage them to pursue careers in technology. We see this as an important way to drive lasting social impact.
Currently we are exploring a range of new initiatives that take advantage of the changing relationship between young people and technology. Recent years have seen the rise of new, informal networks that celebrate and inspire creativity and invention, such as Maker Faires and hackathons. These new forums not only give students hands-on experience with coding and engineering, they provide them with the tools and training to use technology to make their lives better.
This approach to inspiring invention, creativity and innovation is consistent with Intel’s own roots, and will provide us the opportunity to have a greater impact at the local and community level. We will be able to focus our efforts more directly on encouraging all young people, especially girls and underrepresented minorities, to become leaders in the industries of the future.
We’ll have lots more to share later this year.
Rosalind Hudnell is Intel Vice President of Corporate Affairs and President of the Intel Foundation