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On the eve of the 2012 HP Catalyst Summit, I am thinking about the HP Catalyst Initiative, the future of STEM(+) education, and a few personal thoughts…


This week I have the pleasure of hosting my 9th international education technology summit, where HP grant recipients around the world gather to share and learn from one another. This year, more than 120 educators from 15 countries will be joining us in Beijing, China for the 2012 HP Catalyst Summit. As always, I look forward to seeing everyone.


I can’t help but take a moment and reflect on what brought me to this work, and how it influenced the design of the HP Catalyst Initiative. It has been a marvelous journey that began with my R&D, product development, and manufacturing engineering career at HP. I came straight out of my undergraduate years in engineering to HP, and only then discovered what engineers REALLY do. I was thrilled to have a good paying job that was fascinating and fun – but I was struck by the fact that the design work in front of me bore no resemblance to the problem sets I worked so hard on.


So when I visited local schools or talked to teachers about science and engineering, I was quick to point out the importance of collaboration and creativity, as these combined with my technical training to provide me the toolset I needed to create. I was (and continue to be) driven by the hope that no student would graduate without a true glimpse of how the things they study can contribute to making the world a better place. Inspired by the educators I was meeting, I returned to Stanford, but this time in the Stanford School of Education, in a graduate program called Learning, Design, and Technology.


The HP Catalyst Initiative continues in this same vein, enabling educators to explore what STEM(+) learning and teaching can (and should) be, and how technology combined with great pedagogy can enable exciting, relevant, and collaborative learning experiences with an international perspective that mirrors the real world of STEM(+) professionals.


This is what I describe in the short (2min) introduction to the HP Catalyst Initiative. I invite you to join me on this journey of changing the conversation about “STEM” education…





I also invite you to view some of excellent HP Catalyst projects online in the HP Catalyst Gallery. Feel free to "Like" your favorites, too!










Jim Vanides, B.S.M.E, M.Ed.
Education Program Manager
Sustainability & Social Innovation

Follow me on Twitter @jgvanides


LTO Tapes | ‎04-25-2012 01:55 PM

I really appreciate your wonderful knowledge and the time you put into educating the rest of us. I think the game should be more and more abundant, thank you.

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