Thursday, July 23, 2015

US2020 Recognizes STEM Mentoring Award Recipients at the White House Complex

July 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, US2020 announced the winners of the 2015 STEM Mentoring Awards – a competition launched earlier this year at the White House Science Fair. This afternoon at the White House complex, US2020 and Co-Founding Sponsors Chevron and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), will recognize the winners for their exceptional work in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentoring.

The 2015 STEM Mentoring Awards winners will be recognized today in conjunction with the first US2020 STEM Mentoring Symposium sponsored by US2020 Founding Co-Investor, SanDisk. The Symposium will bring together leaders from the public, private, and social sectors to discuss common challenges, share best practices, and reaffirm STEM Mentoring as a powerful tool for education reform.

This year’s winners are: the Chicago Student Invention Convention and University City Science
Center FirstHand for Most Innovative Hands-On Project; Iridescent and We Teach Science for
Excellence in Volunteer Experience; and IBM and NetApp for Excellence in Corporate Culture.
For the inaugural STEM Mentoring Awards, US2020 received submissions from more than 80
organizations in 30 cities representing 13 states across the country.

Most Innovative Hands-on Project winner Chicago Student Invention Convention inspires
curiosity, confidence, and creative problem solving in youth. Their free, flexible program
empowers K-8 students to identify and solve real life issues through designing and prototyping
inventions. Winner FirstHand brings classroom lessons to life for underserved students in reallife
lab environments through engaging projects like making and building with polymers and
DNA “selfies.” Their goal is to spark and nurture a lifelong interest in STEAM and to grow and
diversify the STEM career pipeline.

About US2020
US2020, a division of Citizen Schools, developed from a White House call to generate large-scale, innovative solutions to our STEM education challenges. Its mission is to dramatically scale the number of STEM professionals mentoring and teaching students through hands-on projects with a focus on serving underrepresented communities -- girls, underrepresented minorities, and low-income children. US2020 is supported by national Co-Investors: Alcoa, CA Technologies, Chevron, Cisco, Cognizant, Discovery Communications, Raytheon, SanDisk, Tata Consultancy Services, and Texas Instruments, as well as the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Through partnerships at the national level and coalitions at the city level, US2020 has built a network of more than 250 organizations in 13 cities actively working to scale the STEM mentoring field, to align the field on common metrics, and to advance a focus on quality. To learn more, visit