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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

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 300,000 students worldwide in 60+ 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, India, and Germany.


Apply for 2013-2014 John Deere FIRST  Team Grants.

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 middle and high schools across the U.S.   The program is supporting 500,000+ students in 4,200 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 school implementations in Deere communities along with our 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

Sound Engineering Presentation

K-12 Math Teachers in John Deere's Hemi-Anechoic Chamber learn about the real world application of mathematics from noise control engineer, Karl Washburn

Upward Bound FIRST Tech Challenge Team from Waterloo, Iowa

Upward Bound FIRST Tech Challenge Team from Waterloo, Iowa supported by John Deere including mentors Jim Brown, Craig Puetz, and Dick Hurban

Virtual Reality Demonstration

Virtual Reality Demonstration with Illinois Math Teachers with VR Engineer, Brad Keleher

Externship participant at Moline Technology Innovation Center

Teacher Externship AP Chemistry High School Teacher at Moline Technology Innovation Center in Moline, Illinois

Illinois Math Teachers at Harvester Works

Illinois Math Teachers Touring John Deere Harvester Works in East Moine, Illinois

Illinois Math Teachers

Illinois Math Teachers Participating in Workshop Hosted by John Deere Technology Innovation Center in Champaign, Illinois

Team poses after win

Deere Supported Team Beta FIRST Tech Challenge Team # 3550 from West Des Moines, Iowa Received FTC's Top Honors at 2013 FIRST Championship with Inspire Award

Members receive teamwork prize

Deere Supported World Changers FIRST LEGO League Team # 3985 from Davenport, Iowa - Iowa State Champs & 1st place at FIRST Championship for Teamwork

Teams pose together at championship

John Deere Supported FIRST Teams at 2013 FIRST "World" Championship in St. Louis, Missouri with 17 Deere Volunteers

Combustible Lemons FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team

Portion of Deere Supported Combustible Lemons FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team # 5466 from West High School in Davenport, Iowa

Referee reviewing robot scores

John Deere FIRST LEGO League Referee Kristen Schaeffer Reviewing Robot Scores with a FLL Team Member

John Deere Mannheim Works Volunteers at the 2012 FIRST LEGO League European Open Championship

John Deere Mannheim Works Volunteers at the FIRST LEGO League European Open Championship in Mannheim, Germany

Junior FIRST LEGO League Team

Deere Supported Junior FIRST LEGO League Team at Jr. FLL Expo

Volunteers in Dubuque, Iowa

Volunteers Supporting the New, 24 Team FIRST LEGO League Tournament in Dubuque, Iowa Coordinated by John Deere

FIRST Tech Challenge Robot Tournament in Johnston Iowa

FIRST Tech Challenge Robot Tournament Hosted at John Deere Financial Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa with 24 Teams

8th Grade Students at John Deere Engine Works

8th Grade Students from Waterloo, Iowa's George Washington Carver Academy at Engine Works STEM Day During the Diesel Engine Basics Session

Davenport Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Davenport, Iowa Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day with 130 8th Graders with 22 Deere Volunteers

Dubuque Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day

Dubuque, Iowa Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day with 40 8th Graders with 10 Deere Volunteers

Fargo Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day

Fargo, North Dakota Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day Event with 60 8th Graders at John Deere Electronic Solutions with 20 Deere Volunteers

Ottumwa Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day

Ottumwa, Iowa Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day Event 50 8th Graders with 7 Deere Volunteers

2012 FIRST Championship Semi-Finalists from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Deere Supported Fondy Fire FIRST Robotics Competition Team #2194 from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin who was a 2012 FIRST Championship Semi-Finalist

Cedar Falls, Iowa FIRST Robotics Competition Team SWARTDOGS

Cedar Falls, Iowa FIRST Robotics Competition Team #525 SWARTDOGS Supported by 9 Mentors from John Deere

Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day - Johnston, Iowa

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

In 2013, we supported nine events where 505 eighth grade girls in four states 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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