STEM Program Adds National Math Competition

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January 13, 2016

January 13, 2016 -- (El Paso, Texas) Prudential Financial announced a commitment of an $870,000 grant to help build a next-generation workforce in El Paso.   Prudential's investment will focus on creating programs to help El Pasoans build deep skill sets in math, information technology, and business.

Part of the Prudential grant will help launch the community’s first Prudential Math Challenge, which will be held in conjunction with the 3rd annual STEM Fiesta hosted by Workforce Solutions Borderplex.  The Prudential Math Challenge is a math modeling competition that challenges high school students to respond to a real-world problem in real time.  An open-ended applied mathematics scenario is presented to students who are allotted 12 hours to draft their solution using only their peers as resources.  No internet access will be allowed.  Unlike similar applied mathematics competitions where students compete in a location of their choosing, the final teams in the Prudential Math Challenge will kick off the week of STEM Fiesta working live from El Paso Community College from 7:00am to 7:00pm on Monday, April 4, 2016.  The final three teams will present their results on Friday, April 8, 2016.

“We are thrilled that the Prudential Foundation has awarded these grant dollars to a program in our community.  The Math Challenge will certainly enhance the already successful STEM Fiesta competition and we look forward to seeing the students in action this spring,” stated Joyce Wilson, CEO of Workforce Solutions Borderplex. 

There are six other STEM focused competitions offered to high school students at the 2016 STEM Fiesta.  They are VEX Robotics (sponsored by EP STEM Foundation), KODU Gaming (sponsored by Western Tech), STEM Business Challenge 7 (sponsored by The Hospitals of Providence), Architecture Design (sponsored by Texas Tech School of Architecture), JAVA Coding and STEMentorship exhibit competition. 

To learn more about each of the STEM competitions, visit our STEM page at  Registration is free and located on the STEM page.  Students will compete for monetary prizes and school recognition. 

For more information on how to get involved with Workforce Solutions Borderplex STEM program, please contact Joseph Sapien, STEM Lead for Workforce Solutions Borderplex, at 915-240-5571 or via email at


About The Prudential Foundation

The Prudential Foundation is a nonprofit corporation supported by The Prudential Insurance Company of America, an insurance subsidiary of Prudential Financial Inc. of the U.S.  The Prudential Foundation advocates for systemic change focused on eliminating barriers to financial and social mobility in the areas of meeting basic needs, connecting people to quality jobs, building personal assets and transforming communities.  As a strategic investor, the Foundation makes long-term commitments that yield tangible results through both grants and program-related investments.


About Workforce Solutions Borderplex

Workforce Solutions Borderplex is a non-profit organization aimed to help improve the quality of life in a six-county region.  That region encompasses the counties of Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis and Presidio. The organization consists of a 25-member Board of Directors responsible for strategic guidance and policy governance to achieve goals focusing on employment, education and economic development.  Funding comes from the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture.




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