Ford Promotes STEAM Power

As a company, Ford has a history of innovation. Starting with founder Henry Ford in early 1900s and continuing today with the release of its latest models, the American automaker’s well-deserved reputation as a leader in technology and engineering stands strong.

Hoping to encourage and inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators, Ford has recently awarded significant grants to three schools as a part of an ongoing initiative to support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) education. To qualify, teams from each school submitted a proposal for a realistic plan to improve their local communities. The grant money will be used to put those plans into action.

Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, Florida took home the first prize of $20,000 for their proposal to build a smartphone app that will make communicating with friends and family during a natural disaster easier. Second and third place winners received $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.

It’s important that large corporations like Ford continue supporting STEAM efforts as the ability to adapt in a technology-dependant environment becomes increasingly important. Supporting students who  are interested in learning these crucial skills and, better yet, applying them to solve real world problems is a shared responsibility, and hopefully other companies will follow Ford’s example.


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