General Motors Canada wants to continue encouraging STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) studies and announced a $1.8 million commitment to education in the selected fields.
The automaker made the announcement at the opening of the new Markham Technical Center where work will continue on active safety, infotainment systems and software related to self-driving cars. The automaker’s new STEM fund will build on previous programs, but specifically targets elementary school students, and even more specifically, girls.
Associated programs will provide hands-on programs across Canada to expose the youngsters to STEM-related fields.
“General Motors is redefining mobility and focused on realizing our vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. We believe that to realize this vision, we will need to support far greater participation in STEM,” said GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle. “We are proud to be marking today’s official opening in Markham by announcing that we are expanding our investments across Canada to inspire the next generation of female mobility innovators.”