Qualcomm Incorporated celebrates National STEM Day, November 8, 2018, by reaffirming the Company’s commitment to its Corporate Responsibility initiatives that spark young people’s passion for science, technology, engineering and math, and will inspire the next generation of inventors to transform industries and enrich people’s lives.
“Qualcomm, a company of engineers who are inventing transformational mobile technologies such as 5G, understands the importance of STEM,” said Susie Armstrong, senior vice president of engineering, Qualcomm Incorporated. “In the future, most careers will require some level of STEM knowledge and skill. Our ongoing commitment to investing in STEM initiatives are aimed at growing an inclusive, diverse future workforce that is needed to support the ability to continue to innovate.”
These are some of the STEM programs Qualcomm invests in to nurture the inventors of the future and, ultimately, help people around the globe address future challenges:
FIRST®, founded by Dean Kamen to inspire the next generation of science and technology leaders and innovators, has been supported by Qualcomm since 2006. Over the past three years, teams competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge program use Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ technology in the control system for their robots, providing more than 180,000 students in more than 25 countries hands-on experience with Qualcomm technology. Qualcomm employees also provide thousands of volunteer hours to support the FIRST organization and student teams worldwide.
Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ inspires the next generation of inventors by engaging students in exploring STEM and engineering careers, and using hands-on microelectronics and programming to design an Internet of Things themed robotic creation. Since 2014, Thinkabit Lab has reached more than 32,000 students, and more than 25 sites are implementing this innovation-focused program including joint labs with Virginia Tech in the national capitol region and University of Michigan in Detroit.
The Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ Initiative, which brings advanced wireless technologies to underserved communities globally, has grown its Education Portfolio to include 45 programs in 17 countries, benefiting more than 280,000 people globally. A number of these programs help students improve their skills in STEM.
As part of the USS Midway’s Education Programs, Qualcomm recently became the exclusive presenting sponsor of the Engineering Basics program for middle school students. The new program, which launched last year, has reached 29 schools throughout San Diego County and impacted more than 1,000 middle school students.
The Fleet Science Center is a San Diego County science museum that connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. Qualcomm’s 18-year support of the Fleet has enabled programs such as 52 Weeks of Science to thrive in underrepresented communities like Barrio Logan, where more than 10,000 children and adults have participated in neighborhood science events.
Qualcomm recently reaffirmed its commitment to FIRST with a significant investment, marking the Company’s return as FIRST Tech Challenge Season Presenting Sponsor globally and Presenting Sponsor of the FIRST Championship in Houston and Detroit. Both sponsorships are for the 2018-2019 season. Considered a pinnacle of youth robotics, the FIRST Championship is the culminating event for the season. In 2018, this event engaged more than 30,000 youth in 70 countries.