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Perot Museum & Kosmos Energy Team up to bolster STEM subjects


Science and Math subjects have had poor student participation. Moreover those teaching the subject need to brush up themselves. So as to nip the problem in the bud, Perot Museum and Kosmos Energy have come up with a system that enables teachers to better impart their knowledge to students.

In recognition of the fact that teachers play a crucial role in inspiring students to pursue higher levels of education and careers in science, Perot Museum has unveiled a new program with teachers and educators as the target group. Their new system is called Kosmos Energy STEM Teacher Institute.
Sponsored by the Kosmos Energy, the new program has been designed to improve the quality of education imparted by K-12th grade teachers. It has been designed to be not only more engaging but also increase the level of participation from the student in subjects such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
“Based upon teachers’ innate love of teaching and their passion for inspiring students, we wanted to give them an opportunity to do that with respect to science and math. The Kosmos Energy STEM Teacher Institute is going to provide teachers with access to wonderful instruction, year-round mentoring and resources that will boost their skills and help them change students’ perceptions of STEM subjects. This extraordinary gift from Kosmos Energy will have long-lasting effects that will change the lives – and future careers – of both teachers and young people,” said Eugene McDermott chief executive officer of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Andrew G. Inglis, Kosmos Energy’s chairman and chief executive officer added to the conversation saying, “We are pleased to support the Perot Museum’s efforts to raise the quality of STEM education in our home community, as well as inspire students to pursue careers in these fields. Our success in finding and developing oil and gas over the last decade has been built on our expertise in the STEM disciplines, and we know how important these subjects are to both our industry and the nation. This program aims to provide teachers with the professional development and resources needed to give all of our children the best education possible.”
The idea of this joint program is to equip education providers starting right from pre-school to college, with tools, knowledge, enthusiasm and creativity that will help them channel students to STEM subjects.
This engaging program was showcased at The Hockaday School in the Lyda Hill STEM Institute wing. Already more than 130 teachers have volunteered for the intense training which will last for a month. Being the inaugural year, only 160 teachers will be trained in this year.
“A combined lack of student engagement in STEM subjects and a shortage of qualified STEM teachers have contributed to a STEM crisis in our country,” said Walker. “As a result, U.S. students are falling dangerously behind in STEM subjects, creating serious concerns for workforce development in companies and industries where the U.S. was once a leader.”
Science subjects have seen a major drop in student participation, since the majority of U.S students choose to opt out of science classes in high school and college. More importantly, almost 1/3rd of middle and high school teachers are uncertified in math and in science. The remaining are “out of field”.