Texas Instruments Announces its 2016 “Power of STEM Education” Grants to Maine Nonprofits
Funding is focused on improving STEM learning and teaching
August 10, 2016 (Dallas, TX) – Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN)announced today three new grants, totaling $75,000, to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Maine in 2016.
New annual TI “Power of STEM Education” (POSE) grants have been given to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute; LearningWorks; Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA). In addition, TI will continue a $150,000 three-year grant, announced in 2015, for a partnership between the South Portland School District and Portland School District, to support a STEM Academy.
TI and its foundations have given a total of about $634,500 since 2012 in POSE grants to a variety of Maine nonprofit partners. Giving is focused in communities across the U.S. where the company has a major design or manufacturing presence. Special emphasis is given to programs that reach female and minority students who are underrepresented in science and engineering careers today.
“Having a STEM-capable workforce is critical to sustaining the solid base of talented employees that this region needs. At TI’s South Portland semiconductor facility, the engineers who develop manufacturing processes technicians who maintain complex equipment and manufacturing associates who make the electronic chips all share foundational science, technology, engineering and math skills,” said Chris Joyce, site manager for TI Maine operations. “STEM careers are growing faster than other occupational choices, and TI’s grants help support programs that will open many options for Maine students.”
“Our focus is on collaborative strategies to improve teaching effectiveness and student success in STEM education, said Andy Smith, executive director of the TI Foundation and director of corporate philanthropy. “We seek out effective partners for strategic investments and develop long-term relationships with these educators and their organizations to support proven, successful programs that can be scaled and replicated. Working together, we believe all students can move forward and experience greater success in STEM.”
TI’s commitment to education, which dates back to the company’s inception, remains its highest priority for employee volunteerism as well as for corporate and foundation giving.
“Education is a top passion for TI employees,” Smith said. “We invest where we can also involve TI volunteers to make an even greater impact. Last year TI employees worldwide volunteered more than 130,000 hours, many of these for education.”
“We are so happy to be able to continue our work in the afterschool classroom with TI’s support. Students who have participated in LearningWorks Afterschool in the past have shown significant gains in their academics, but more importantly, they have shown significant gains in their confidence as a learner,” said Amy Pichette, LearningWorks, Director of Afterschool Programming/21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. “TI will provide a ‘resident scientist’ in each of our classrooms to give our students and teachers more science rigor in the classroom. The university student ‘resident scientist’ will teach science lessons related to our engineering units of study. This work is important to allow students to see multiple perspectives in thinking about and solving problems as well as making connections a with a young person studying in the STEM field and building aspirations to explore secondary education and career opportunities.”
For more information about TI’s support of education please see ti.com/education or read about TI’s 2015 giving to education in the Corporate Citizenship Report here.
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About the Texas Instruments Foundation
The Texas Instruments Foundation, founded in 1964, is a non-profit organization solely funded by Texas Instruments providing philanthropic support for educational and charitable purposes primarily in the communities where TI operates. Committed to supporting educational excellence, the foundation works to create measurable, replicable programs and initiatives. The focus is on providing knowledge, skills and programs to improve STEM education and increase the percentage of high school graduates who are math and science capable. More information can be found at www.ti.com/education.