About Igniting Learning

What is Igniting Learning?

In September 2010, President Obama issued a challenge to the CEO members of Change the Equation (CTEq) to bring a handful of excellent, research-based programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to at least 100 new sites within a year.

CTEq members handily surpassed this goal, reaching nearly 40,000 students at more than 130 sites across the country. More than half of those students are in low-income schools. These sites represent a small portion of the total impact CTEq members are having on our nation’s students. They have demonstrated that, when passion and leadership drive a shared vision for quality and impact, the business community opens doors and provides inspirational opportunities for students across America.

The Igniting Learning website highlights the new sites nationwide where CTEq companies are helping create the next generation of educated, curious and motivated innovators.


Scaling Up Programs that Make a Difference

CTEq’s Igniting Learning initiative focuses on five programs that improve learning and fuel enthusiasm for STEM, especially in girls and students of color, who are underrepresented in STEM fields.



Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are critical to our economy and our democracy, yet our high school students rank 25th in math and 21st in science compared to students in more than 30 developed countries. In 2011, only 45 percent of U.S. high school graduates were ready for college work in math and a mere 30 percent were ready in science.

Business leaders know that we need all hands on deck to prepare our young people to thrive in a world that demands mastery of STEM. They are joining forces to secure the tradition of American innovation and competitiveness.


About Change the Equation

Change the Equation is a non-profit, non-partisan, CEO-led initiative focused on solving America's innovation problem. Its nationwide network of more than 100 CEOs are connecting and aligning their work to transform preK-12 STEM learning in the United States. Learn more...