UNH Manchester and Comcast Partner to Offer STEM Ambassadors Program
New England Council members Comcast and The University of New Hampshire Manchester have partnered to bring hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math focused programs to local, academically at-risk high school students. The program, which will work with the UNH STEM Discovery Lab, hopes to inspire students to become the next generation of STEM leaders, especially within underrepresented populations including immigrant, low-income, English Language Learning and female students.
Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program recently held an event that brought together New Hampshire teachers along with state and local officials, aimed at raising awareness of the program and its goal to close the digital divide. There, Comcast announced its donation of Chromebooks to the students in the program. Comcast is also offering discounted internet connection and computers, and access to free digital literacy training to low income students at local Manchester high schools. The ambassadors program will provide students with a creative, research-based curriculum, and allow for the one-on-one attention from teachers that will provide the boost academically struggling students need to succeed.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen attended the event, where she praised the program and spoke of the importance of STEM education in New Hampshire and beyond. “Initiatives like UNH’s STEM Ambassadors program put us on the right track for economic success,” Shaheen said. “Jobs in STEM fields are predicted to be the fastest growing occupations in [the] next decade, and with continued investments and commitments to STEM education, we can make sure we have a homegrown talent supply that can drive our economy in the future.”
The STEM ambassadors program not only addresses the demand for STEM-educated graduates to fill emerging job positions, but does so with a social justice factor that makes it especially important. The New England Council applauds Comcast and UNH Manchester for their collaboration in creating this innovative, bold program.