Knowledge drives our global economy, and that means students everywhere need to be prepared to think and reason. They need to be able to analyze problems, envision solutions, and collaborate with others. They must know how to harness technology to help them solve complex problems. And they must be introduced early on to key subject areas such as mathematics and science. Education is the essential ingredient that will prepare us all for a changing future. New technologies will continue to transform the world in ways we cannot yet imagine. To survive and thrive in this knowledge-based economy, tomorrow’s citizens, employees, and customers must be equipped with 21st century skills. Intel is committed to improving education today so that students will be able to thrive tomorrow. Intel has been involved in education since the founding of the company. However, Intel's large-scale involvement with education began in 1989 and has increased dramatically during the past several years. Through 2004, we have invested in excess of $1 billion worldwide in our education efforts. We will continue to deepen our efforts through a sustained commitment of time and resources. We collaborate with leaders from education, governments, multinational organizations, industry, academia, and research organizations to design and deliver programs in more than 50 countries on six continents. Our programs are customized to meet the needs of each community. We give teachers the tools, strategies, and resources they can use to make a difference where it matters most: in the classroom.