Texas Instruments and its corporate foundation plan to give out $6.2 million in grants this year for science, technology, engineering and math education in grades K-12.
Out of the grant total, 85 percent, or $5.3 million, will fund teacher recruitment, training, and retention initiatives.
Locally, money will be given for the TI Innovation Center at Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas STEM Center of Excellence. The new standalone building at the South Dallas camp will offer STEM programming and be the home base for Girl Scouts robotics teams. Teaching Trust, a two-year principal training program for Dallas ISD and Uplift Education, also will receive TI grant funding.
“TI aims to help bring STEM subjects to life in learning environments.”
“By working together with partners who share our goals, TI aims to help bring STEM subjects to life in learning environments and to open the eyes of students to the potential of STEM careers,”Andy Smith, executive director of the TI Foundation and TI director of corporate philanthropy, said in a release.
Separately, Texas Instruments announced Tuesday it had partnered with retired NFL football player John Urschel to kick off a contest designed to get kids thinking about how STEM relates to everyday life.
The #GenSTEM contest, invites students to find out their “inner STEM strengths” via a quiz to be entered for a chance to win a TI graphing calculator. They also can capture a photo of STEM concepts that inspire them in everyday life and share on Twitter or Instagram with #GenSTEMcontest. That gives students an opportunity to win a $500 gift card and a trip to TI’s Dallas headquarters. That grand prize recipient will be featured in the next edition of STEM Behind Cool Careers, an online education series geared toward middle and high school students.
The contest runs through Sept. 25.
“If we can connect STEM concepts to the things that matter to students, the things they are already interested in, they will fall in love with them,” Peter Balyta, president of TI Education Technology, said in a release.
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