The Motorola Solutions Foundation has announced grants totaling $4.4 million to more than a hundred organizations in support of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education.
Awarded through the foundation's Innovation Generation initiative, the grants will benefit more than a hundred and fifty thousand students nationwide, with a focus on girls and underrepresented minorities. Recipients of Local Impact Grants targeting innovative STEM education programs for K-12 and university students and teachers include the Techbridge Girls After-School Program, which offers hands-on activities and career exploration in STEM fields for underserved girls as well as professional development for teachers. Recipients of National Partnership Grants include the Science Buddies' Reinforcing STEM Pathways program, which provides science exploration and education project resources as well as career information to millions of students worldwide. To help encourage girls and young women to pursue STEM fields, 11 percent of the grants were awarded in support of girls-only programming, including the STEM University program at Girls Incorporated of Pinellas, which provides experiential STEM education during the school year and a ten-week summer camp for girls in Pinellas County, Florida.
Since 2007, the Innovation Generation initiative has awarded grants totaling $34 million in support of more than four hundred STEM programs at schools, museums, and nonprofits across the United States and Canada.
"It is important to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics," said Motorola Solutions Foundation director Matt Blakely. "Careers in these fields not only pay well but also solve many of the problems our world faces. The Motorola Solutions Foundation created the Innovation Generation grant program to support instruction and educational experiences that spark young imaginations and turn dreams into the inventions and discoveries that will shape our future."
For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the Motorola Solutions Web site.