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'Global STEM Alliance' Brings Students Together to Tackle World Problems

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Recently the New York Academy of Sciences launched Global STEM Alliance at the United Nations in an effort to bring students from across the globe together to solve world problems. NY1’s Adam Balkin filed the following report.

It is not just a problem in the U.S: getting kids to study the STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and math. So in an effort to get all of the world’s students interested and working on solving world problems from global warming to hunger, through STEM, The New York Academy of Sciences has spearheaded the launch of the Global STEM Alliance, which it just unveiled at the United Nations with leaders from around the world.

“It’s a coalition of over 70 governments, schools, universities, NGOs from 50 different countries who have come together to increase access to great STEM education,” said Dr. Meghan Groome of the New York Academy of Sciences.

The Alliance will start by having one spot online for students to get involved with STEM projects, even help them find STEM internships. Students helping to launch the program say for their and the planet’s future, it’s imperative that their peers take advantage of opportunities like this.

“STEM is everywhere, STEM is everywhere we look and everywhere we touch,” said one student.

“It can help improve human’s lives in so many areas, ranging from smartphones to computers to like problems that we’re facing today like environmental problems, social problems,” said another.

Now, some of you might be thinking helping children from around the world is great but shouldn't organizations like the New York Academy of Sciences be focusing first on children in the U.S. who are having enough of their own problems getting into STEM subjects? Well, creators of the program say thinking of this as one giant, global competition is just an outdated way of thinking and frankly, counterproductive.

“Everyone pretty much feels panic about this the Singaporians feel panic about it and they’re doing the best job basically of everybody so in order to do STEM it really needs to be a global network, everybody needs to be working together so in terms of helping the competition, it’s not really a competition anymore for these kids it’s gotta be about collaboration and it’s gotta be about global networks of kids coming together to solve the world’s biggest problems,” said Dr. Groome.

This initiative will live online at GlobalStemAlliance.org.

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