MIAMI — SAP SE today announced that it will work with iTech @ Thomas A. Edison Educational Center, a technology-focused magnet school in Miami, Florida, to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. This collaboration is part of a global young thinkers program at SAP that seeks to encourage students in middle and high school to study STEM subjects, preparing them for the job market and higher education.
“As a former school teacher, principal and member of the Miami-Dade County School Board, and current member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, I know the value of STEM education,” said Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. “I am excited to see a technology powerhouse like SAP invest in the success of our local students.”
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) is the fourth largest public school system in the United States. MDCPS recently created iTech, a high school that will open in the school year of 2014-15. The school will offer three academic streams. SAP will contribute to the enterprise resource planning stream with curricula, software and teacher resources.
In addition, SAP will support budding entrepreneurs at the school. Students interested in starting businesses that develop Big Data and real-time applications can join the company’s student entrepreneurship program, which provides business support, such as technical training, consulting and marketing.
“There is a shortage worldwide of young people considering education and careers in STEM fields and SAP wants to change that,” said Dr. Bernd Welz, executive vice president & global head, Solution and Knowledge Packaging, SAP. “This new partnership with iTech is one more way we are helping to get the next generation excited about STEM topics and foster the skill and opportunity needed to innovate.”
The young thinkers program is part of the SAP University Alliances program, which gives 1,500 higher learning institutions access to latest thinking solutions in cloud, mobile and Big Data technology. SAP also supports high school STEM education through its corporate social responsibility program. For example, Business Technology Early College High School (B-Tech), a school that grants both high school and associate’s degrees, is slated to open this fall in Queens, New York.
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