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John Deere Inspire

John Deere Inspire is a global initiative that is designed to inspire the next generation of innovators through education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) coupled with connections and hands-on experiences with the real world.

John Deere considers STEM literacy increasingly important for all students regardless of career choice to support 21st century learning and jobs.

John Deere's ultimate goal with the initiative is to significantly increase the number of high-quality students, including diverse talent, who enroll, graduate and are successfully working in STEM related professions and consider John Deere as an employer of choice.

John Deere's primary strategic Inspire partners are outlined below:


FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
Non-Profit organization that was created by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway in 1992. Today it reaches over 400,000 students worldwide in 80+ different countries through 4 programs for pre-college students age 6-18. Typically, the programs are offered as after school or weekend activities. These four programs are:

John Deere offers team grants for teams near Deere communities along with mentors from our global technical workforce.  John Deere is one of the sponsors for the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award and has supported FIRST  Teams and events in the United States, Brazil, India, and Mexico.

Applications for John Deere FIRST team grants for the 2016-2017 season are being accepted as follows:

  • Open now FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition
  • Open now FIRST LEGO League Junior

Link to John Deere FIRST Grant application for 2016-2017


Project Lead The Way

Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
Non-profit organization that was created in 1997 and today is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in elementary, middle and high schools across the U.S.   The program is supporting 600,000+ students in 6,500 schools in all 50 states in the United States.

PLTW engages students in activities, projects, and problem-based (APPB) learning, which provides hands-on classroom experiences. Students create, design, build, discover, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in math and science. They're also exposed to STEM fields through professionals from local industries including John Deere who supplement the real-world aspect of the curriculum through mentorships and workplace experiences.

John Deere is providing PLTW financial support for the implementation of new middle school PLTW Gateway programs in Deere communities along with providing on-going support with our volunteers.

Engineers Week

Engineers Week  
John Deere supports and celebrates the annual Engineers Week in many of our key communities. The purpose of Engineers Week is to increase the public's awareness and appreciation of the engineering profession. During the Week, engineers participate in a variety of activities to help create an interest in engineering. This includes classroom visits to local schools and supporting the annual Introduce a Girl To Engineering Day event.

Inspiring the next generation of innovators

Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day - Johnston, Iowa

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

In 2014, we supported events in 11 communities where 652 eighth grade girls in three countries learned about engineering and science careers.

See the impact made in Johnston, Iowa

Additional Outreach

John Deere employees and retirees donate their time, talent, and passion to give back to society and enrich the quality of life in their communities with John Deere Inspire with students and teachers.

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