Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Children's Hospital Boston Partner to Bring STEM Education to Life

BOSTON – Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced a unique partnership with Children’s Hospital Boston aimed at bolstering STEM education by showing its real-world applications and exploring how math and engineering concepts solve problems every day.

Over the course of three days, Michael DiSpezio, author of HMH’s ScienceFusion K-8 program, will be visiting Children’s Hospital Boston to film a series of videos that will highlight the conceptual skills required for future technology and medical/engineering careers. This video series will culminate with DiSpezio  observing a robotic micro-surgery and viewing some of the other technology used at the hospital, which includes medical imaging and micro-surgical tools. Each video will eventually become part of the ScienceFusion curriculum and, using a project-based learning approach, will highlight the opportunities available to all students in STEM careers, which address challenges using a math and technology-focused approach.

“For the United States to continue to innovate and remain a competitive technological leader for years to come, it is critical that our students understand the importance of STEM education and how its concepts impact their daily lives,” said DiSpezio. “Without this knowledge, it will become increasingly difficult for us to compete with our global colleagues.”

STEM education continues to be a hot-button topic among educators and legislators. Over the last several months the White House has hosted the first annual White House Science Fair, while also launching a public-private collaborative initiative called Educate to Innovate – a program aimed at boosting the participation and performance of American students in STEM.

For more information about Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s STEM programs, visit: http://hmheducation.com/stem.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
With education products and services used by 57 million students throughout all 50 U.S. states and 120 countries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global education and learning company. The world's largest provider of materials for pre-K–12 learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is leading the way with innovative solutions and approaches to the challenges facing education today. Through curricula excellence coupled with technology innovations and professional services, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt collaborates with school districts, administrators, teachers, parents and students, providing interactive, results-driven learning solutions. Its Educational Consulting Services group works to increase student achievement in underperforming schools by developing, implementing and supporting education transformation through sustained district partnerships.  With origins dating back to 1832, the Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning literature for adults and young readers. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.

About Children’s Hospital Boston
Children's Hospital Boston is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 1,100 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 12 members of the Institute of Medicine and 13 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Children's research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Children's Hospital Boston today is a 396-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. Children's also is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more information about research and clinical innovation at Boston Children's visit: Vector Blog.