Last year ASME INSPIRE’s hallmark program - “INSPIRE STEM Readiness” – was used in over a thousand schools across 48 states. During the past three years, this award-winning online, in-class student experience of using early algebra and coding skills to successfully complete 16 missions has engaged over 100,000 middle and high school students.
New, enhanced content and a record number of schools engaged has marked the start of ASME’s INSPIRE fourth year.
As every engineer knows, with proof of concept comes opportunities.
Enter ASME INSPIRE Career Readiness, which allows middle school students to explore real careers and gain applicable skills. Based on their personalized journey through these career paths, students takeaway a personalized portfolio of exciting opportunities and profiles specific to their interests.
And the impact of this new experience? As of early December, ASME INSPIRE programs are already in use in 800+ schools by over 26,000 students, an astonishing 47% increase over this same timeframe last year.
INSPIRE Classroom Connects are already in full swing, with a November 7th visit to INSPIRE scholars at Alexander Graham Middle School in Charlotte, NC. Led by their teacher – Air Force veteran Ms. April Carpenter – these 8th grade INSPIRE champions have already completed the INSPIRE Career Readiness program and have started INSPIRE STEM Readiness.
Following a 17-year military career, Ms. Carpenter has spent over a decade teaching Career and Technological Education (CTE) in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. This is her fourth year integrating ASME INSPIRE into her classroom experience, finding it an invaluable tool in supporting her success and primary goal as a CTE teacher, which is to promote college and career readiness.
“Using INSPIRE within our curriculum opens the doorway to opportunities and gets students thinking. It’s real-world and the software itself is encouraging and motivational. It gets them talking about college and a career direction that they may not have ever considered.”
Noting that she has a diverse range of students, Ms. Carpenter shared that using ASME INSPIRE – with its hands-on and self-guided approach – helps to reach students that may find STEM subjects intimidating.
“We push college here. Some students may not hear that they can go to college, but we support that dream and the pursuit of STEM career fields. These students will make an impact in the world.”