Northwestern University Professor Kemi Jona testified on January 9 at a U.S. Congressional subcommittee hearing about ways to successfully involve the private sector in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education on the K–12 level.
Jona is director of Northwestern’s Office of STEM Partnerships (OSEP), which since 2006 has worked to connect K–12 teachers and students to the world-class STEM resources of Northwestern University and beyond.
At the invitation of U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski ’88, Jona described some of the successful and replicable models his office has developed in conjunction with scientists and engineers in academia and industry to excite young students in STEM subjects and STEM career possibilities.
What’s often missing from discussions about the proper role of federal STEM policy and the involvement of the private sector in STEM education is the need to develop robust mechanisms that support scalable and sustainable high-quality education programs, Jona stressed.
In his testimony to members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space and Technology, he described three promising models developed by Northwestern’s Office of STEM Education Partnerships to increase federal and private sector support of STEM education.
The OSEP models outlined by Jona include: