On Friday, July 26, executives and guests of the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy (NYSE: XOM) will visit the NYSE to raise awareness of the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and its vital role in the success of our nation’s economy.
In honor of this occasion, PGA golfer Phil Mickelson will ring The Closing Bell, joined by third- through fifth-grade teachers selected to participate in the national Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, held annually at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ.
About the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy
In its ninth year, the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is a week-long professional development program where third- through fifth-grade teachers hone their math and science skills and learn ways to excite and inspire their students in these subjects. The Academy, a joint venture between Phil and Amy Mickelson and ExxonMobil, in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions, allows for 600 educators from school districts across the country to attend Academies in Texas, Louisiana and New Jersey. To date, more than 3,600 teachers have attended impacting more than 230,000 students nationwide.
As someone who uses math and science in his career every day, Mickelson strongly believes teachers and students must learn how to “speak science” to ensure students have an opportunity to learn about STEM subjects and careers. Engaging students in STEM at an early age directly influences the future strength of our economy and ability to compete globally —research from the National Science Foundation shows eight of the 10 fastest growing jobs require math and science skills, making student interest in STEM vital to building the next generation of workers. ExxonMobil also knows first-hand the importance of encouraging our nation’s youth to pursue careers in this area, which is why they support numerous initiatives to further STEM education.
ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of resources, is the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products, and its chemical company is one of the largest in the world. The corporation and its foundation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels. In 2012, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), its divisions and affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $256 million in contributions worldwide, of which $116 million was dedicated to education. www.exxonmobil.com/community
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