The Motorola Foundations Innovation Generation grant program seeks to spark student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as help develop critical-thinking skills for the long term. Providing $4 million to K-12 programs across the U.S. in 2008, the initiative supports hands-on, innovative after-school programs, science and math clubs, teacher training and mentoring programs.
By funding TechPREP, the Motorola Foundation recognizes the importance of supporting University outreach programs that facilitate corporate partnerships which directly impact the technology worker shortage, as well as address the lack of women in STEM disciplines, says Paul Siegel, Co-Director of TechPREP.
Motorolas Innovation Generation Grant is further proof of how local initiatives can have a global impact. U.S. student achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is lagging compared to the rest of the world. Evaluated against international competition, fourth-grade students score similarly, but by the time they reach 12th grade U.S. students fall near the bottom in math and science.1
By showing students the real-world applications of concepts they learn in the classroom, Innovation Generation programs open their eyes to possibilities, said Eileen Sweeney, director of the Motorola Foundation. Programs like TechPREP develop student confidence and skills to succeed in a sophisticated world and a dynamic and competitive global marketplace.
Since 2000, the Motorola Foundation has contributed more than $35 million to education initiatives with a focus on STEM.
About the Motorola Foundation
The Motorola Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola. With employees located around the globe, Motorola seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships, fostering innovation and engaging stakeholders. The Motorola Foundation focuses its funding on education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information, on Motorola Corporate and Foundation giving, visit www.motorola.com/giving.
1 According to the National Center for Educations Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2003, the most recent report available. Next report will be issued December 2008.