Philadelphia – CBS 3 is teaming up with two science powerhouses in the Philadelphia area, Einstein Healthcare Network and The Franklin Institute, to lead the way in support of S.T.E.M. education locally.

Over the next three years, the station and its science partners will work together to produce a series of Public Service Announcements that promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education for local students, partner on educational events in the community and enhance news reports of science and health stories with in-studio demonstrations.

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The Einstein Healthcare Science Center, a special studio set designed to make science come alive through weekly reports, will debut Tuesday, July 19 on Eyewitness News at 5 p.m. Meteorologist Kate Bilo will give viewers the first look at the new Science Center which will take science reporting to the next level, allowing station anchors, meteorologists and reporters to demonstrate S.T.E.M. principles with experts on set.

As part of the partnership, science experts at The Franklin Institute will also bring S.T.E.M. concepts to life through hands-on science learning at The Einstein Current Science Cart on the museum floor, impacting more than 800,000 visitors each year.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the United States is falling behind internationally on science and math education, ranking 29th in math and 22nd in science among industrialized nations, motivating the government to make STEM education a priority by creating The Committee on S.T.E.M. Education, a collection of 13 agencies to facilitate a cohesive national strategy.  Locally, a number of schools have gotten on board with the movement, strengthening their own programs.

The Einstein Healthcare Science Center campaign will look to spotlight some of those programs as well as presenting opportunities for local students to have more hands-on experiences with the subject matter.

To learn more about S.T.E.M. education, go to www.CBSPhilly.com/sciencecenter.