Toyota, SMU Collaborate On New STEM School in Dallas ISD

Kristin Weisell
September 07, 2018 - 12:00 pm
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DALLAS (KRLD) - Students in West Dallas are getting a new opportunity, as an innovative school plans to open. 

Toyota and SMU are teaming up with Dallas ISD to open the STEM focused school, which will encourage students to learn and follow careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

"This future school will serve younger students," says SMU president Dr. R. Gerald Turner. "We've learned you can't expect teenagers to have an interest and success in math and science without a strong foundation in lower grades."

To make this possible, Toyota has given a $2 million grant to SMU. The university will create and set the curriculum, which will include learning labs, professional development, and mentors for the students. 

"Beyond the curriculum, we'll work to improve existing challenges and meet students' basic needs, which is vital to a successful learning environment," says Chris Neilsen, Toyota's chief quality officer.

With so many available jobs in STEM fields and not enough people to fill them, organizers hope this new school will inspire more students to follow STEM career paths.

The school is expected to open in 2021.