Building Tomorrow’s Future Today
Bozeman School District #7 and the Bozeman Schools Foundation have partnered to establish a long-term plan to add STEM curriculum in K-8 classrooms, starting in the 2017-18 school year. To successfully implement this plan, we aim to raise $350,000 with support from our community friends, business partners, and philanthropic foundations by December 31, 2017. These funds will be used to establish the program foundation, including the investment in time, teacher training, and supplies.
Our goal is to spark an early interest and ultimately propel students into meaningful careers, while also driving statewide economic growth.
There are two key reasons why this is so important for our students. First, research has shown that early STEM engagement leads to long-term interest. When hands-on, engaging STEM topics are introduced at a younger age, students are more likely to continue and succeed in higher-level math and science in high school and college because they see the relevance of their coursework.
Second, there is an increasing demand for STEM-related jobs, and we want to adequately prepare students to capture this opportunity. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are projected to grow nearly 13 percent from 2012 to 2022. This equates to an additional one million STEM-related jobs by the time our middle-school students graduate from college.
We want to thank our Founding Partners who have pledged gifts to anchor our campaign:
Beaudette Consulting Engineers
Big Sky Western Bank
City of Bozeman
Coffman Engineers, Inc.
D.A. Davidson Corporate
Don & Sue Powell
First Interstate Bank
Langlas & Associates
MSU Office of Academic Affairs
Rocky Mountain Bank