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DI Program Manager joins global STEM education advisory committee

On 16 April 2021, the FIRST® and LEGO® Education invited the Doolittle Institute’s STEM Program Manager, Lauren Bierman, to join its global advisory committee, the Partner Executive Advisory Committee. Bierman accepted on 27 April 2021.

Bierman will contribute to the Partner Executive Advisory Committee (PEAC), a group established by FIRST® and LEGO® Education in 2018. Not only will she provide future program guidance to both FIRST® and LEGO® Education globally, but she will also speak on behalf of the Program Delivery Partner community of the entire United States.

FIRST® and LEGO® Education started FIRST® LEGO League, an extracurricular program designed to inspire students to become science and technology leaders and innovators. FIRST® LEGO League engages students in exciting mentor-based programs which build science, engineering, and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

PEAC meets at least quarterly with partners from the UK & Ireland, Australia, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Mexico, Brazil, USA, and Canada. Bierman will connect with these progressive and dedicated Program Delivery Partners to provide recommendations regarding strategic direction, program content, and delivery methods; and to represent the experiences, perspectives, and concerns shared by USA partners.

Bierman oversees the Doolittle Institute’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) outreach programs, including FIRST® LEGO® Leagues, FIRST® Tech Challenge, AFRL LEGACY Craftsman, and AFRL Junior Apprentices. The Doolittle Institute’s STEM programs reach students from Pre-K through high school, and often beyond.

Providing robust STEM education is a crucial part of cultivating a strong future workforce. The Doolittle Institute remains committed to sixteen Northwest Florida counties—from Pensacola through Tallahassee—to develop and support students’ technical and interpersonal skills, leading them to high-paying careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The Doolittle Institute, an AFRL Innovation Institute, supports the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate by working to license and commercialize AFRL/RW technologies in the private sector, enable rapid technology delivery to the warfighter, identify and foster new R&D partnerships and develop AFRL’s current and future workforce. The Doolittle Institute is a member of the Defensewerx Family.

For more information about our STEM Outreach programs, please contact the Doolittle Institute at (850) 226-4383 or email us at stem@doolittleinstitute.org.

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