Andrew B. Raupp launched a company six years ago looking to reinvent STEM education by creating synergies between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. He rebranded the company as STEM last fall after he was able to acquire the URL www.STEM.org.
“Because we got that it made a lot of sense to update the site and the logo,” Raupp says.
The Southfield-based company is working to improve STEM education in the school curriculum through better intermingling of the subjects. He points out that subjects like math and science are taught in silos and don’t bring things like engineering and technology into the curriculum enough, even though all four things are interdependent. Check out a video of it here.
“Very simply, we help schools, districts, and organizations do STEM better,” Raupp says.
The company employs nine employees after making two hires (an education director and a partnerships director) over the last year. It also has a stable of 150 independent contractors.
STEM is also working to open a satellite office in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood this year. The firm is currently in the process of raising $700,000 to build out the space that will help local schools, teachers and students integrate STEM materials into their everyday lives.
“We want to create an incubator where schools can learn to set up AP programs, career technical education programs, and STEM programs,” Raupp says.
Source: Andrew B Raupp, executive director of STEM
Writer: Jon Zemke
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