State Farm is engaging K-12 students to generate excitement, interest, and participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) by providing students with early exposure to technology capabilities, building excitement, and showcasing the possibilities in STEM related courses to ensure students are ready for the globally competitive economy of the 21st century.
Since 2014, State Farm has paired IT employees as mentors to school classrooms to enhance existing class curriculum. With guidance from State Farm mentors, students create technological projects, such as mobile app development and Raspberry Pi projects. At the end of the semester, students create a final presentation to share with peers, teachers, and parents. As part of the program, mentors provide a tour of State Farm and introduce the students to internal STEM activities and cutting edge technologies that students would have an opportunity to work with by continuing a career path in STEM. This year more than 50 employees are serving as mentors to more than 200 students.
In addition to STEM mentoring, employees regularly participate in STEM events around the country. Most recently, 24 employees provided 39 hours of coding to over 1,200 students in Bloomington, Illinois. In Tempe, Arizona after employees participated in Hack Day, they created a computer based interactive game called Safe Farm, to engage over 500 people at Geeks Night Out. In Dallas, Texas employees participated in the Spring Design Your World all girls STEM event at the University of North Texas. Employees engaged 75 participants in coding activities.
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