Regina Schofield cares deeply about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. As the Director of Corporate Engagement and Education Outreach at Battelle, and a valued board member of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, she’s working to ensure an all-hands-on-deck approach to STEM, with a particular focus in Baltimore. Battelle serves a wide spectrum of research, manufacturing and innovation interests for scientific and commercial advantage. The company’s overall mission includes the task of inspiring and preparing the next generation of scientists, engineers, tech students and thought leaders whose contributions will advance industry and the public good.
“Battelle is guided by its mission of reinvesting its profits for the greater purpose,” said Schofield. “Our company is passionate about making sure every student has access to a proper STEM education and the available resources that come along with it. Students need the exposure to a rigorous and collaborative environment in order to help them succeed in school, in life and in the workplace.”
Through Battelle’s partnership with MBRT, the company hopes to build a solid education foundation for local schools, teachers and students. “Our company, with the help of local non-profits like MBRT, wants to help build a really strong and effective education program for all students and teachers,” said Schofield. “STEM is the key to that effort and can be the foundation that helps us accomplish this goal. With a good STEM foundation and education, students will be able to improve critical thinking skills, which will allow them to eventually make smart choices about their future career pathways.”
Schofield said she hopes to one-day combat the belief that learning is one dimensional. “A common misconception today is that learning is tied directly to reading or knowing how to read. A good education begins with learning the basic reading fundamentals, but continues to grow when the fundamentals of the various STEM fields are incorporated into a student’s everyday curriculum in order to help prepare them for careers in science, information technology and engineering.” And for MBRT, those are fundamentals of its statewide mission in Maryland.