National Consortium Taps Credly to Issue Digital Badges that Recognize Achievements in STEM Fields

STEMconnector®, a national consortium of companies, associations, government entities, and academic institutions focused on advancing STEM education, today announced a partnership with digital credential pioneer, Credly, that will bring digital badges to K-12 and collegiate students who complete challenges for the Day of Design.

Launched with the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Science Foundation, the Day of Design will introduce a million students across the nation to design thinking through a series of challenges that cultivate skills necessary to pursue career opportunities in STEM-related fields.

Day of Design partners include such organizations as Base 11, Dassault Systèmes, Gateway Technical College, JASON Learning, Learning Blade, Next Step Universe, Safe Harbor Consulting, The Clearing, and The University of Iowa.

“In order to prepare today’s generation for the careers of tomorrow, we need to start building a foundation of design thinking that empowers students to craft innovative solutions to the world’s most complex challenges,” said Leslie Cruz, CEO of STEMconnector®. “As important as it is to build this type of thinking at an early age, it’s just as critical to ensure that individuals who demonstrate these skills are getting recognized, which is why digital badges are so important to showcase their achievements.”

Participants who complete the Day of Design challenges on October 6, 2017 will be awarded digital badges, which can be shared on professional and social media platforms, as well as embedded into websites, email signatures and e-portfolios. The badge provides a digital and portable representation of verified skills and competencies that can be used to unlock future education and career opportunities.

“Rapid shifts in demand for technical skills in STEM fields are creating unprecedented need for foundational skills, like experiential learning and design thinking, that translate into a cross-section of high-growth fields,” said Jonathan Finkelstein, founder and CEO of Credly. “Digital credentials that provide verified evidence of critical skills are fast becoming a digital currency used by individuals, education providers, and employers to communicate competencies and create…

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