STEM2D Pilots

The STEM2D Guide is used by volunteers serving as activity leaders to support the implementation of STEM2D activities and educational opportunities in the following pilot locations:

  • Bridgewater/Raritan, New Jersey, USA: A 30-minute general assembly will be held on September 27, 2016, at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School to the spark interest of up to 350 8th grade girls in STEM2D. This will be followed by three additional dates of one-hour after-school sessions utilizing the lessons in this guide.
  • Cork, Ireland: Targeting three local girls' schools in the fall semester of 2016, Johnson & Johnson volunteers from Janssen Biologics, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and DePuy Synthes conducted the STEM2D activities over a period of five weeks to approximately 100 students in the 6th Form (ages 11–12) of the Junior Certification (lower secondary).
  • Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA: Second graders from Jersey City Public Schools will go on a half-day field trip to the Liberty Science Center and engage in hands-on activities that align with the Next Generation Science Standards. These activities will reinforce concepts that they learn in the classroom and apply what they learn to real-world situations.
  • Leeds, United Kingdom: J&J volunteers will work with Young Enterprise UK to implement a STEM Innovation Challenge. The one-day JA STEM Innovation Challenge will be specifically focused on preparing students for careers in STEM2D with an emphasis on inclusion as a means to propel innovative solutions. Students will learn about world challenges and how technology can tackle them, be exposed to a variety of J&J technologies, and develop an understanding of STEM2D and the skills needed to be successful in today’s business environment. The JA Innovation Challenge  will emphasize the importance of experimenting, learning, and iterating, and the customer being at  the center, teaching adaptability in a fast moving global  marketplace.
  • Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA: A 30-minute general assembly will be held on October 13, 2016, at Hillsborough Middle School for 50–75 7th grade girls. At the end of this, the girls will break into groups and will complete the Soapy Mathematics activity from the guide and discuss the careers of the volunteers at the assembly.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA: In November 2016, J&J volunteers will deliver the JA Our  Nation program consisting of six to eight hands-on activities. JA Our Nation introduces 5th grade students to work readiness with a focus on STEM2D skills and careers. Through hands-on classroom activities, the program provides students with practical information about the free market system and how it serves as an economic engine for businesses and careers. The curriculum also introduces the need for entrepreneurial and innovative thinking to meet the requirements of high- growth, high-demand careers and the concept of globalization in business.
  • South Africa: In fall 2016, J&J volunteers will deliver the JA Our Nation program consisting of six to eight hands-on activities. JA Our Nation introduces 5th grade students to work readiness with a focus on STEM2D skills and careers. Through hands-on classroom activities, the program provides students with practical information about the free market system and how it serves as an economic engine for businesses and careers. The curriculum also introduces the need for entrepreneurial and innovative thinking to meet the requirements of high-growth, high-demand careers and the concept  of globalization in business. Volunteers will be working in partnership with JA South Africa and a local elementary school partner to deliver the program to 5th grades along with one activity session from the STEM2D guide.