As part of our support of National Lab Network, HP
employees are sharing their technical knowledge in
classrooms across the United States.
NATIONAL LAB NETWORK
HP is teaming up with the U.S.-based National Lab Network (NLN) to give children the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills they need to tackle the world's toughest problems. By combining those skills with an early emphasis on creative problem solving and collaboration, we're enabling these future innovators to overcome almost any challenge.
NLN is an ongoing initiative that connects veteran scientists and engineers with K–12 classrooms across the United States. Together, educators, students, and volunteers tackle hands-on learning projects to build skills and promote curiosity in STEM.
As the world's largest technology company, with an extensive network of employees and retirees skilled in engineering and science, HP is in a unique position to advance NLN's mission. More than 200 of our people have participated so far by contributing their expertise and experience to help STEM educators and their students across the country. With help from HP and other companies, the NLN community plans to reach 10 million students over the next four years.
Getting their hands dirty
More than 200 HP employees have volunteered their expertise to National Lab Network projects, helping K–12 students build their science, technology, engineering, and math skills by tackling real-world problems.
It's simple to participate. Teachers can visit NLN to describe potential projects, get and share ideas, or make a request for expertise and materials. Through the site, NLN matches teachers with skilled STEM volunteers as well as people and organizations interested in donating materials.
From there, NLN is all about celebrating the scientist in every student. Children poke and prod. They test. And they want to explore. The depth and breadth of NLN's growing network offers teachers a rich resource for exploring hands-on projects with their students.
An Oregon class adopted a woodland area and now spends an hour a week removing invasive species and planting native wildflowers. Students in Iowa are developing a mock wind-energy company. A Michigan teacher is showing city kids how to grow their own food. A North Carolina class wants to build the best robot to win a competition. This is a small sampling of the projects made possible by the NLN website and community of volunteers.
Going beyond volunteering
HP is not only volunteering our time and expertise in classrooms, but is also laying the groundwork to help the NLN develop innovative project-idea sheets and pre-packaged activity kits for important concepts in STEM, through a collaboration with RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching). Together, RAFT and HP are partnering to bring trained HP volunteers into classrooms to deliver these exciting hands-on activities.
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