“In my work at the Howard County Chamber of Commerce I see more and more new business growth occurring in fields that rely heavily on science, technology, engineering and mathematics– or STEM for short. That means STEM skills are critical to tomorrow’s workforce and it’s reassuring to know that Howard County Library System is on top of this important educational trend.
Thanks to HCLS STEM classes and initiatives like the Rube Goldberg Challenge where fourth and fifth graders work together to analyze, evaluate and engineer simple machines, Howard County’s innovators of tomorrow are learning higher order thinking skills. By exposing young minds to STEM-centric activities HCLS is harnessing the innovation that will keep Howard County a thriving, vibrant place to live and work.
The future of Howard County, its businesses and its people are important to me and that’s why I joined Friends & Foundation of Howard County Library System. The yearly investment I make today helps HCLS to continue to deliver STEM education and prepare the next generation for tomorrow. And that’s what it means to be a Friend!”
Kristi Simon – Vice President, Programs and Strategic Initiatives, Howard County Chamber of Commerce, and Friends member