Business and education leaders from the United States and the United Kingdom have teamed up to draw on each other’s strengths and to share ideas for improving engineering instruction. The result: Partnerships for Tomorrow, a collaboration to explore approaches to science, technology, engineering, and math—commonly referred to as “STEM.”
“Technology changes so quickly that schools can’t keep up without the support of industry,” says EDC’s Joyce Malyn-Smith. “In the U.S. we know a lot about building dynamic partnerships between schools and industry, and in the U.K. they’ve done a good job of developing pre-engineering standards across schools.”
Participants at a June conference, which the British Consulate-General in Boston asked EDC to plan and deliver, shared information about creating partnerships with private, public, academic, and nonprofit organizations to increase achievement. The two countries have promised to carry the collaboration forward.
Originally published on September 1, 2007