Pacific Science Center

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Pacific Science Center

The STEM Out-of-School Time helps learning come alive with its hands-on, interactive approach to science, technology, engineering and math.

With good reason, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education is making headlines. STEM jobs are growing at three times the ratefootnote 1 of others, and business owners frequently report that they can’t find enough qualified workers to fill necessary positions. Since STEM positions are projected to grow 17 percent from 2008 to 2018 - compared with 9.8 percent for other jobsfootnote 1 - addressing this problem is more urgent than ever.

To address this critical lack of STEM learning programs, Pacific Science Center has created a program that brings STEM skills to Seattle neighborhoods. JPMorgan Chase Foundation has contributed $750,000 over 5 years to support Pacific Science Center programs, including the Science Center’s STEM Out-of-School-Time, which sends teams of high school interns and Science Center educators into underserved communities to inspire students to pursue STEM learning.

The program is tied to JPMorgan Chase’s long-term commitment to directing resources to developing workforce skills in local communities across the US. “It’s a challenge to be able to make our programs as accessible as we would like to, particularly to underserved and under-represented communities, and we can only do it with philanthropic support,” says Ann McMahon, Ph.D., Pacific Science Center’s Vice President of Science and Education. “JPMorgan Chase has been a leader in ensuring our programs are available to those who otherwise might not be able to participate.”

Pacific Science Center

To address a critical lack of STEM learning, Pacific Science Center has created a program that brings STEM skills to Seattle.

As one of the country’s leading science museums, Pacific Science Center delivers innovative interactive learning experiences to more than one million guests each yearfootnote 3. Its exhibits are noted for being memorable, and it’s easy to see why: people remember things better when they learn by doing—when they can feel, hear and touch the exhibitsfootnote 2. The Center's outreach initiatives serve more than 200,000 individuals spanning over 39 counties and four states, making it one of the top outreach organizations in the Pacific Northwestfootnote 3.

Passionate teachers. Inspired students.
One enlightened future.

By engaging students in STEM education, the STEM Out-of-School Time aims to bridge the proficiency gap that faces today’s high school math students.

The increase in earnings that STEM workers receive verses their non-STEM counterparts1.

Number of students that have participated in Pacific Science Center outreach programs.

Percentage of students that increased their test scores after participating in the math program4.

The help is sorely needed. STEM studies can serve as a bridge to a higher income and a more secure life. According to a recent report from the U.S. Commerce Department, STEM professionals earn 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterpartsfootnote 1. Just 16 percent of U.S. high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career, according to the US Department of Educationfootnote 5.

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From its iconic arches to its interactive learning experiences, Pacific Science Center draws more than one million visitors each year.footnote 3

Programs like Pacific Science Center’s take a micro-community approach to affect change within this macro-level problem. “Science and technology hold the key to our future and to the economic success of our region,” says Cat M. of JPMorgan Chase’s Seattle office. “We need to prepare youth at all socioeconomic levels in STEM training to meet the demand for a more skilled workforce and to strengthen our economy.”

For more information, visit: www.pacificsciencecenter.org.

1
U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, “STEM: Good Jobs Now and for the Future,” David Langdon, George McKittrick, David Beede, Beethika Khan, and Mark Doms, Office of the Chief Economist, July 2011
2
The Globe and Mail, “University students fare better with interactive learning, study finds, “James Bradshaw, May 12, 2011. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/university-students-fare-better-with-interactive-learning-study-finds/article579698/
3
http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/About/our-story
4
JPMorgan Chase Summer STEM-OST Program 2013, Evaluation Report, Pg. 18. Angelina Ong, Spotlight Imapct, LLC. October 2013
5
U.S. Department of Education, “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership,” http://www.ed.gov/stem