Boeing donates $5 million to launch European STEM education effort

Investment to support expansion of the Newton Room concept in nine countries across Europe

July 15, 2018 in Community

A Newton instructor urges students in Delft, Netherlands to ask questions.

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Boeing has announced a $5 million investment in Newton Europe to launch Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focused “Newton Rooms” across nine European countries.

Pioneered by non-profit organization FIRST Scandinavia, Newton Rooms are themed, state-of-the-art classrooms focused on experiential learning. Boeing’s multi-year investment will establish Newton Rooms in the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Poland and Sweden.

“Newton’s proven teaching methods and immersive, hands-on educational environments will help excite future innovators to pursue careers in STEM fields—many of which can be found at Boeing,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and CEO. “In addition to our financial investment, Boeing teammates throughout Europe will continue to volunteer their time and talents to help create innovative and engaging learning opportunities for students.”

Boeing’s investment will fund several Newton Room concepts, which will deliver high-quality experiential STEM learning to primary and secondary school students in Europe:

  • Boeing Newton Flight Academy: A permanent classroom used to teach students aviation-related STEM concepts, reinforced with full-motion flight simulators manufactured in Spain.
  • Boeing Newton Rooms: A themed, state-of-the-art permanent classroom focused on experiential learning. Potential themes include space, biofuels and advanced materials and manufacturing.
  • Boeing Pop-Up Newton Rooms: A portable package of flight simulator panels and classroom materials used to create a temporary Newton Room in virtually any suitable existing space.

The investment will also fund a comprehensive suite of learning resources and materials that complement the interactive Newton experience – allowing teachers the opportunity to incorporate the room visit into their core educational curriculum. All materials are free for both teachers and students.

Since 2013, Boeing has helped establish these three Newton concepts, with one of each in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands. Non-profit organization FIRST Scandinavia successfully operates an additional 40 Newton Rooms in Norway.