Innovative program leverages technical staff and resources to advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics initiatives
NEEDHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), The Product Development Company®, announced today that Battelle has incorporated the PTC Global Education program into its enterprise-wide education initiatives dedicated to advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Battelle is a global science and technology enterprise that explores emerging areas of science, develops and commercializes technology, and manages laboratories for customers. Recognizing the global workforce challenges imposed by the shortage of qualified workers in science and technology fields, PTC and Battelle share a commitment to positively impact science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
The PTC Global Education Program provides free licenses of Pro/ENGINEER® Schools Edition design software, curriculum and projects to middle and secondary schools upon completion of teacher training and certification. The training is normally delivered by other trained teachers already engaged in the program. Battelle recognized that it could provide significant value by training some of its own engineering staff to conduct educational workshops for teachers. In the Battelle model, the teachers benefit by receiving training from industry professionals who are experienced users of Pro/ENGINEER. Nominal training fees are underwritten by the school district and training time and resources are donated by Battelle. In its first workshop, Battelle engineers, Chris Brandon and Steve Madland, provided training to teachers representing seven schools in Franklin County, Ohio school districts.
An innovative extension to the training program is the establishment of after school STEM clubs for students and teachers. Battelle found that upon initial completion of training, many teachers faced the challenge of incorporating the STEM focused training into their existing curriculum. Battelle seized the opportunity to create the “Battelle Engineering Experience” (B2e), with the development of STEM clubs offering ongoing teacher training, student mentorship, curriculum development and exposure to industry tools. Over fifty students participated in the first B2e STEM club session. Each weekly two hour STEM club session now consistently attracts approximately 30 students. Three schools currently offer the after school experience. The goal is to establish STEM clubs in all Columbus, Ohio school districts.
Battelle is currently developing an industry-driven open source curriculum program as the next step in its multi-pronged approach to increasing STEM skills. The program will offer teachers STEM-focused curriculum driven by real industry problems and design challenges for classroom use. Battelle plans to create and support infrastructure utilizing PTC Windchill® as the collaboration backbone of an information portal. Students and teachers will strengthen their STEM skills by applying them to solve the same problems faced by industry professionals. The projects will then be funneled back into the program for use by other participants. Battelle will use the collaboration portal to follow up with teachers to keep them actively engaged in the program.
“Battelle prioritizes our education initiatives on the same level of critical importance as our research and development mission,” says Chris Brandon, B2e Team Battelle project director. “The shortage of qualified technology workers will impact our nation’s ability to successfully compete in a global economy. Battelle is committed to doing its part to reverse that trend by creating and supporting programs that can be replicated and sustained throughout our schools and communities.”
“PTC applauds Battelle’s innovative approach to equipping students with the STEM skills that they will need to be successful in the future,” says John Stuart, senior vice president, global partners and education, PTC. “The B2e initiative demonstrates what can be achieved when technology industry professionals partner with education to tackle this problem. We look forward to working with Battelle on future projects.”
Battelle is the world’s largest non-profit independent research and development organization, providing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management, National Security, Energy Technology, and Health and Life Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $4 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 20,400 employees in more than 120 locations worldwide, including six national laboratories which Battelle manages or co-manages for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. For more information visit
About PTC’s Global Education Program
PTC's education program provides teachers and professors with complete learning solutions to prepare a new generation for success in a technological world. From secondary school to the university level, PTC gives students the ultimate in product development education by providing software, training and classroom materials to educators worldwide. Their education program is a part of a technological literacy movement that seeks to improve critical thinking and multidimensional problem-solving skills as well as preparing a growing number of students to become engineers.
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