Eagles help local students set up game plan for their futures

Justin Udo
November 05, 2018 - 4:19 pm
Reps from the Eagles visited Imhotep Institute Charter High School in Philadelphia to introduce students to Braskem's digital platform, which lets kids explore a future with the STEM courses.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Eagles teamed up with some local students Monday to help them set up a game plan for their careers.

The Eagles and Braskem, a chemical refining company, have partnered to help improve STEM programs at local schools.

"It's extremely important to get more diverse student bodies that are learning these skills," said Mark Nikolich, Braskem CEO, "that can come into the workplace and be very productive."

Reps from the Eagles visited Imhotep Institute Charter High School in Philadelphia to introduce students to Braskem's digital platform, which lets kids explore a future with the STEM courses.

The web-based course is being brought to schools at no cost in Philadelphia and Delaware counties. 

Nikolich believes the future of his industry depends on the young minds of today.

"STEM education is a fundamental for that. We need to continue to pursue innovation and technology solutions," he continued. "The only way to make it sustainable is to continue to promote that in schools. Access to that inclusion is extremely important." 

Mark Wilson, director of technology at Imhotep Institute Charter, said Braskem's interactive program, which lets students see how STEM is applicable to their futures, is invaluable.

He said this new program pairs up perfectly with their STEM exploration course.

"The program is a computer-based program, where students go through different lessons and courseware that exposes them and challenges (them) to think about STEM careers," Wilson said. "It helps them with an inventory to decide what type of STEM career might be best for them."