By Carol Wilner, AT&T Vice President of Federal & National Third Party Affairs

As a former teacher, I know how hard it is to capture the imaginations of kids as they move through elementary school through high school and beyond, and that is why I am thrilled that our most creative minds are attacking the challenge.  We hope to help kids across the country get interested, involved and educated in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by bringing the innovation of AT&T Labs to the challenge.  President Obama has made this a key priority of his administration and has challenged us all – industry, government, academia – to work together to improve U.S. standing in STEM.  We are proud to help respond to that challenge.

Our support for STEM is a natural extension of our commitment to help kids stay in school so they can succeed – the goal of our Aspire Program ($100M over four years).  When we were asked if we would help chart the course for ways to take advantage of the explosion of new mobile broadband opportunities through smartphones, tablets, digital textbooks, we welcomed the chance to contribute to charting the path forward.  All this new thinking will be focused on the Obama Administration’s new Digital Promise initiative, a new national center that aims to transform learning, particularly around technology, in America’s classrooms.

Our AT&T Labs Chief Scientist, Dave Belanger, will be joining other leading thinkers to form a commission to make recommendations for the initial research agenda for the Digital Promise initiative and help chart the course to transform how we use mobile technology to advance STEM teaching.

We can expect great ideas – and great outcomes – for our kids and for our future.

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