Dave and Christine Vernier join President Obama at the White House for the Change the Equation event, an initiative to “cultivate widespread literacy in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”
Here is the press release:
Vernier Software & Technology Joins Change the Equation to Solve America’s Innovation Problem
President Obama Launches Change the Equation at White House Event
Beaverton, OR – September 17, 2010 – Vernier Software & Technology announced that it has joined Change the Equation (CTEq), a CEO-led initiative to cultivate widespread literacy in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The White House, along with Change the Equation, is bringing together top companies like Vernier Software & Technology across multiple sectors, all of which are dedicated to preparing students for STEM-related careers as investment in their business, the economy and our democracy.
Change the Equation’s CEO members will make it their mission to promote and advance STEM literacy in this nation. It is the first and only STEM education group that brings so many corporate leaders together in collaboration with the White House, State Houses nationwide, and the foundation community.
“It has always been a passion of Vernier Software & Technology to give educators the best tools and resources to prepare and encourage their students for potential careers in STEM. Being a part of this initiative solidifies our dedication to the nation’s next generation of scientists, doctors, researchers and innovators,” said David Vernier, co- founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “We have one chance to motivate students to take up science careers. It’s imperative that companies, especially those that count on scientific innovation to prosper, support the advancement of STEM fields and help students become truly competitive in the world arena.”
The goal of this initiative is to: improve STEM teaching at all levels; deepen student appreciation for STEM programs and increase their career enrollment in these fields; and create a committed nation that is dedicated to this STEM movement. Many career fields need traditional STEM subjects and this need for knowledge is increasing for jobs in fields such as healthcare, education, the maintenance and service industries, and in nearly every managerial position.
“‘I can’t do math’ has become an iconic excuse in our society,” said Linda Rosen, Chief Executive Officer of CTEq. “Many Americans have expressed it, but I don’t believe it’s an accurate reflection of who we are, or, more importantly, what we can do.” Rosen continued, “If we don’t encourage our children and students to get excited about math as well as science, technology and engineering, we are denying them the chance to reach their potential, and be prepared for a future filled with opportunity.”
About Change the Equation
Change the Equation (CTEq) is a non-profit organization whose 100 member companies from across industry sectors are dedicated to promoting innovation and investment in STEM teaching and learning. CTEq aims to give STEM education a central place in the national lexicon of excellence and achievement, establishing a national movement to support, promote and implement excellent STEM education for every child.
About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has been a leading innovator of scientific data-collection technology for 32 years. Focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Vernier is dedicated to developing creative ways to teach and learn using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With world-wide distribution to over 130 countries, Vernier products are used by educators and students from elementary school to college. Vernier’s technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, and build students’ critical thinking skills. Vernier’s business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit www.vernier.com.
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