DALLAS – November 5, 2013 – The U.S. needs more workers entering STEM fields. In fact, the estimated shortage of workers qualified for STEM careers is significant enough for President Obama to kick off a national initiative, US2020 (us2020.org), to spark interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Texas-based Nepris.com already has a solution bringing students face-to-face with STEM professionals who serve as role models and excite students about jobs where they might be designing airplanes, curing diseases, building computers or working in an endless array of other fascinating areas.
Nepris makes connections. It connects students and their teachers with professionals who work in STEM careers, all through the power of the web. Sessions are live and highly interactive. The professionals engage students with interesting discussions, ask students questions, and show them products, design plans, and videos. For example, in a recent session with engineers at General Motors, students saw how pneumatics is used in assembling cars. By the end, students could see direct connections between what they learned in class and the cars they drive.
“Nepris is simple to use but sophisticated and smartly designed,” said Sabari Raja, Nepris CEO and founder. “Professionals host web-enabled video chats and show students how they use the very skills being taught in classrooms to solve real-world problems. Each session is archived and available for future reference or by other classes.”
“Any teacher could contact an engineer miles away and ask him or her to visit or video-chat with her classroom but there are inherent problems with that,” said Dr. Johnny Veselka, executive director of the Texas Association of School Administrators. “Nepris has created a model simplifying and standardizing the preparation and presentation of these virtual sessions. With Nepris, teachers have access to a wide variety of industry experts and full confidence in the integrity of the platform.”
Nepris makes these connections possible in a way that ensures educational standards are being met while giving teachers control of time, place, and speaker. Companies have a reliable platform for employees to interact with students and represent their brand. Teachers also can tie each session outline to the Common Core or to individual state curriculum standards, which has already made Nepris a sought-after pilot program.
Several Texas schools are already using Nepris and the students are getting fired up about STEM careers. When Shane Smith, instructional technology coordinator at Irving Independent School District in Texas was asked about Nepris he said, “Connecting outside the classroom adds relevance and meaning to the curriculum.”
To sign up for Nepris as a professional or teacher, or to see a demo, visit Nepris.com. See Nepris in action and read comments from teachers at http://sfy.co/gUC6.