Developing the STEAM Pipeline

Sep 4, 2018 9:00 AM ET
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Eastman leverages corporate and Foundation resources to invest in unique partnerships and initiatives that drive transformational change through the lens of four priority areas — education, empowerment, economic development and environment. With the convergence of innovation, technology, and sound science, we prioritize opportunities that allow us to combine the unique expertise of Eastman team members around the world with strategic partners to bring solutions to significant, real-world problems.

The Eastman Equation: Challenge + Partner + Eastman = Impact

CHALLENGE:
There is a leak in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) pipeline. Preparing the next generation of talented engineers and scientists is an ongoing challenge. At current enrollment rates, the U.S. will be short five million workers for these skilled careers by 2020.

PARTNER: 
STREAMWORKS

EASTMAN:
Eastman empowers strategic initiatives with our partners in education to help ensure we have a successful workforce in the future. Encouraging innovative and productive thinking in a real-world environment enables students to excel — especially when they are grounded in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math education.

IMPACT:
STREAMWORKS is a new educational platform that delivers enhanced opportunities for K–12 students to participate in exciting mentor and project-based programs that focus on these critical skills. Through the partnership, STREAMWORKS is introducing specialized curricula, such as coding and marine robotics, to students. STREAMWORKS introduced Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Initiatives to schools in Eastman’s global headquarters community. Students are now competing in underwater robotics at the international level.

“Each year, I am always amazed at the innovation and entrepreneurship of the student teams. They come up with some very creative and often very sophisticated solutions to the challenges that we present to them. It takes partners in business and education to make these programs and opportunities possible for students. Thanks to partners like Eastman, I know that our future technical and engineering workforce is in good hands.” — Jill Zande, President & Executive Director at MATE Inspiration for Innovation (MATE II)

Learn more about how we are changing the trajectory in Eastman's 2018 sustainability report.