American Structurepoint is making the $250,000 donation to Indianapolis-based Project Lead the Way—a not-for-profit whose curriculum for science, technology, engineering and math is in more than 8,000 schools nationwide, including five in IPS.
“In talking with the superintendent of schools, he is a fan of the project because he already has seen the results," Conner said. "I believe it is absolutely going to be a winner, especially when you see how Project Lead the Way has been successful across the country.”
The gift was announced during a luncheon with a guest list headed by Superintendent Lewis Ferebee and Mayor Joe Hogsett during a Project Lead the Way conference that runs through Wednesday.
Conner said he’s hopeful the expansion of Project Lead the Way in IPS will increase high school graduation rates and prompt more students to pursue STEM degrees in college.
School districts nationwide for years have been trying for years to steer more students into science-oriented careers—in part because such professions boast among the highest starting and mid-career salaries. Minorities and women are largely missing out on the bounty. According to Project Lead the Way, just one in 10 STEM professionals in the U.S. is a minority woman.