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To be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow, students need a strong foundation in STEM today
Introduction
BP's commitment to STEM
Million Women Mentors
Resources
Introduction
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The energy industry is changing faster than ever. As global demand for energy continues to rise, the fuels mix is shifting toward lower-carbon sources. Meeting the world’s need for more energy requires a spirit of invention and purpose, and BP’s scientists and engineers will help drive this transition – both today and in the future.

Just as the energy sector needs more innovators, the United States faces a chronic shortage ofgraduates with the right skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). That’s why BP is working with community and educational partners to find ways to help close the skills gap and encourage students, especially girls and underrepresented minorities, to pursue STEM. 

BP and its employees understand that education is truly the epicenter if students are to access rewarding, in-demand and sustainable careers beyond school. Through volunteerism, mentorship and knowledge sharing, the BP employee community strives to play a key role in ensuring that a quality education is not limited by zip code.

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BP's commitment to STEM

BP's commitment to STEM

Inspiring future innovators for more than 60 years

For more than 6 decades, BP has supported STEM education programs across the U.S., investing nearly $42 million in the past five years alone. The company’s efforts are focused on teacher training and development, sponsoring student programs that inspire STEM learning, and encouraging employees to volunteer and  mentor in their communities.

 

To help young people develop strong foundations in STEM, BP is working to improve student aptitude, especially among girls and underrepresented minorities. One example is BP’s partnership with Million Women Mentors, a national campaign that empowers employees to volunteer as mentors and instill confidence in girls to help them succeed in STEM.

How BP is bridging the STEM skills gap

Supporting STEM in higher education 

In addition to promoting STEM education with students at the primary, middle and secondary levels, BP continues engagement via efforts focused via its university relationships and programming. BP offers real-world opportunities for college students the opportunity to learn about the energy industry and work with emerging technologies through various initiatives including the Ultimate Field Trip and IST Sophomore Experience. These hands-on programs are designed to help students build real-world skills before graduation.  Find out about more about BP’s programming for university students.

 

To partner with BP in developing tomorrow’s STEM leaders, visit BP’s resources tab for tools and activities that can be used to share STEM content with students of any age.

 

Million Women Mentors

Millon Women Mentors

Million Women Mentors

Did you know that women fill close to half of all the jobs in the U.S., but they hold less than 25% of all STEM jobs?

 

To help young people develop strong foundations in STEM, BP is working to improve student aptitude, especially among girls and underrepresented minorities. One example is BP’s partnership with Million Women Mentors, a national campaign that empowers employees to volunteer as mentors and instill confidence in girls to help them succeed in STEM.

 

What is Million Women Mentors?

 

The Million Women Mentors® (MWM) movement supports the engagement of more than one million STEM mentors (both male and female) with the goal to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers by 2020.

 

The energy industry is changing faster than ever and as global demand for energy grows, so too does the demand for lower-carbon resources. Meeting the world’s need for more energy requires a spirit of invention and purpose – both today and in the future. But, just as the energy sector needs more innovators, the U.S. faces a chronic shortage of graduates with the right skills in science, technology, engineering and math (otherwise known as ‘STEM’ subjects).

 

Untapped talent pools

 

Together, women and minorities make up more than half of the US population, yet they are much less likely to earn STEM degrees or become STEM professionals.  That means women represent one of the largest untapped STEM talent pools in the country.  Closing these talent gaps can pay big dividends, both for businesses and individuals.

 

 

Did you know? Women in STEM jobs earn 33% more than those in non-STEM occupations – and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men? (Source: Million Women Mentors)

 

 

That is why BP is committed to improving pathways to STEM education and careers, especially for girls and other underrepresented minorities.

 

For these reasons, BP is proud to support Million Women Mentors (MWM). Recognizing the value and breadth of our employees’ vast knowledge and experience, BP supports programming that can directly impact students and communities. The partnership with MWM provides employees with one such opportunity to make a real difference in not only someone’s life, but also in the future of the global economy.

Resources

Resources

Today’s global economy demands a highly skilled workforce equipped to drive innovation in a dynamic, high-tech world. To prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, students need, not only a quality education, but also a strong foundation in STEM. Whether you’re a teacher, a STEM professional, a parent or a volunteer in your community, you can help inspire future innovators by engaging them in STEM activities and encouraging them to pursue subjects like science and math.

 

These tools and resources, supported by BP, will help you share fun, high-quality STEM content with students of any age – in the classroom or in the community. 

 

Energy related science experiments

College preparation resources

Videos

Find out how Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law helps a swimmer win the race. BP and STEM education, bringing science to life in the classroom, on the field and everywhere.
Through STEM education, BP is working to inspire tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and even athletes. BP set out to examine the science behind basketball to show its continuing support of STEM education in a new way.
Learn how Sir Isaac Newton’s Second Law helps football players on the field. BP and STEM education, bringing science to life in the classroom, on the field and everywhere.
A three-day ‘drone camp’ co-sponsored by BP has helped schoolchildren in Houston, U.S., to discover more about the technology behind these unmanned aerial vehicles.
Gray’s Anatomy and gymnastics – where’s the connection? Discover more about the science behind gymnastics. BP and STEM education, bringing science to life in the classroom, on the field and everywhere.
Find out how Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law helps a swimmer win the race. BP and STEM education, bringing science to life in the classroom, on the field and everywhere.
Through STEM education, BP is working to inspire tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and even athletes. BP set out to examine the science behind basketball to show its continuing support of STEM education in a new way.
Learn how Sir Isaac Newton’s Second Law helps football players on the field. BP and STEM education, bringing science to life in the classroom, on the field and everywhere.
A three-day ‘drone camp’ co-sponsored by BP has helped schoolchildren in Houston, U.S., to discover more about the technology behind these unmanned aerial vehicles.
Gray’s Anatomy and gymnastics – where’s the connection? Discover more about the science behind gymnastics. BP and STEM education, bringing science to life in the classroom, on the field and everywhere.
You can help inspire young people to explore STEM, as well as support teachers in the classroom. A variety of resources and activities, created by our strategic partners, are available to help you engage with and motivate students to pursue STEM pathways.