Roadtrip Nation brought its inspirational program and iconic green RV to I.C. Norcom High School on Friday, Nov. 3, for an event to inspire students to explore the real-life possibilities of a career in the STEM fields. This event was made possible by a $2.2 million contribution from AT&T as part of its AT&T Aspire initiative.
Following Roadtrip Nation’s recently launched documentary series, “A Balanced Equation,” this event and others like it around the country, will help students learn how their personal interests could lead to a successful career in STEM. The students will have the opportunity to interview a professional from the community, and watch interviews of inspiring women who are shaping the world in the STEM industries, such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Students at Norcom High School heard from Dr. P. Dreux Chappell, Assistant Professor of Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Old Dominion University.
“Sharing stories and experiencing firsthand what career options are available are pillars of Roadtrip Nation’s mission,” said Mike Marriner, co-founder of Roadtrip Nation. “With the help of AT&T, we are able to bring to life real stories of trailblazing women who charted their own paths in STEM careers to students at Norcom High School and across the country.”
Women make up 48 percent of the workforce, but hold only 23 percent of STEM jobs. The mission behind the documentary and this tour is to challenge this inequality by highlighting stories of women and empowering young people everywhere to discover how a career in these fields can have a positive impact on the future.
“‘A Balanced Equation’ showcases the vast opportunities in STEM, and the impact that female STEM professionals are having in all areas of our society,” said Nicole Anderson, assistant vice president, social innovation, AT&T services. “We hope this event will inspire young people to pursue their own career path in one of these fields.”
About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $400 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.
About Roadtrip Nation
Through its New York Times best-selling career guide, documentary television series, and acclaimed interactive curriculum, Roadtrip Nation empowers individuals to pursue fulfilling careers. Combining self-reflection with real-world exposure, Roadtrip Nation’s tools enable people to connect their interests to relevant life pathways and stay engaged with their futures. For more information, visit roadtripnation.com and roadtripnation.org.
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