WASHINGTON, April 27, 2017 — The Deloitte Foundation announced a grant to Base 11 that will help create a nationally scalable STEM career accelerator model. The model will offer high school students a project-based learning program that encompasses multiple engineering disciplines.

The objective of the program is to encourage students who have an inherent interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to pursue a college degree in one of those fields and help alleviate the STEM workforce shortage. Research shows that experiential learning helps retain students’ interest in the STEM fields that are the gateway to STEM degrees and careers.

“The Deloitte Foundation is excited by Base 11’s innovative approach to help produce the next generation of STEM talent,” said Tonie Leatherberry, president of the Deloitte Foundation. “Hands-on engineering projects not only provide students with the real-world technical skills they need, but the soft skills essential to succeed in the 21st century.”

 

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