June 25, 2019
Sport and STEM Alliance member, EVERFI, INC., has joined forces with enterprise application software provider, SAP, to provide STEM experiences for 6th grade through 9th grade students in both the United States and Canada. The goal of the STEM partnership is to inspire and educate the next generation of leaders and professionals.
The program, SAP Digital Scholars, hopes to encourage students into seeking careers in technical fields. Not only will these students learn STEM through their lessons, but will also learn about the careers that can be pursued within the industry with this newfound knowledge. The hope is that this program can reach around 100 schools across the continental USA (California, Georgia, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas) and Canada (British Columbia and Ontario). Neither schools nor students will have to pay for these experiences.
Alexandra van der Ploeg, Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for SAP said, “The pace and scale at which innovation is accelerating impacts students, employers, and communities everywhere…It is our responsibility as global leaders in technology and innovation to ensure we address opportunities for digital inclusion. By partnering with trusted organizations like EVERFI, we connect the core competencies of different organizations, multiply the impact that we have with each other and really drive effective growth in STEM education.”
SAP and EVERFI will develop a module within the SAP Digital Scholars program that will concentrate on sports analytics and how both data and technology play a key role in advising business decisions. In order to keep students interested, as well as allow them to learn most efficiently, this module will be presented through a digital sports arena theme. This module will help prepare students for STEM careers through problem-solving and prioritizing.
Jon Chapman, Co-Founder and President of Global Partnerships at EVERFI stated, “STEM-based careers are expected to grow exponentially in the coming years and it is incredibly important to educate our future leaders with the skills they need to be successful…We are delighted to work with a recognized leader like SAP to bring this engaging, interactive program to life for so many students.”
As 80% of the nation’s fastest-growing careers often require some skill learned through STEM, students often reflect on their activities to determine how their interests can translate into a career path.
Stephen Tow, a teacher in the Chicago Public School System said, “As a teacher who teaches Engineering Design and the design process, I really love the SAP Digital Scholars Program…Designing the Ultimate Prototype is the perfect introduction to students on the engineering design process, careers, and the different parts of a 3D printer. My students truly utilized the knowledge learned in this course to help them develop their own products like keychains, cookie cutters, and model cars. I highly recommend the SAP Digital Scholars Program.”
SAP and EVERFI’s partnership is a piece of the global initiative, Learning for Life, which aims to ensure opportunities for everyone regardless of age or background. Through learning the relevant skills to flourish and grow as an individual, SAP hopes to continue to shape the next generation of leaders and professionals.
About EVERFI, Inc.
EVERFI is the leading education technology company that provides learners of all ages education for the real world, through innovative and scalable digital learning including topics like Financial Education, Digital Citizenship, STEM Career Readiness, Diversity and Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Social and Emotional Learning, Character Education, and Health and Wellness. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription model and has certified over 30 million learners in critical skill areas. Some of America's leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, Advance Publications, and Rethink Education, and Rethink Impact. The EVERFI Education Network powers more than 3,500 partners in their education initiatives across all 50 states and Canada. Learn more at EVERFI.com.
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP is committed to helping companies of all sizes and industries become best-run businesses. Now more than ever, being the best means making a difference. It means connecting people and information to address the world’s biggest challenges. SAP applications and services enable more than 413,000 customers operate successfully, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.
Learning for Life is an inclusive education, training, and workforce-readiness initiative from SAP. With a portfolio of more than 30 digital literacy programs, Learning for Life opens opportunities and changes people’s lives by ensuring everyone – regardless of age or background – has the relevant skills to thrive, innovate, and secure meaningful work in a digital world. Learning for Life partnerships and programs focus on three areas to equip people with twenty-first century skills: 1) preparing the future workforce; 2) reskilling today’s workforce; and 3) ensuring access for all. By putting people at the heart of digital transformation, Learning for Life embodies SAP’s commitment to building an inclusive, skilled workforce to power the intelligent enterprise. Together, we can help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Visit www.sap.com/learningforlife.