Community Unit School District 300 announced Tuesday it has received an Innovation Generation grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation.
The Foundation is the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc., and is giving $10,000 to District 300, which it will use to expand technology for the Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education classes, according to a District 300 news release.
Since 2007, the program has provided $3.4 million to STEM education programs, supporting more than 400 school, museum and non-profit programs across the United States and Canada, release states.
The Innovation Generation program awards funds to organizations such as District 300 that foster and support STEM initiatives for teachers and U.S. preschool through university students – especially girls and underrepresented minorities.
"We are very excited to receive the grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation," the release stated.
"The grant will allow us to expand the availability of technology for students to utilize in their research during our STEM Education classes. It is through generous programs like this that we are able to continue to offer the students of C.U.S.D. 300 opportunities in STEM Education with some of the newest technology on the market."
District 300’s Summer STEM Program is currently open to all students in grades 6-12 within the district. Since its start in the summer of 2012, Summer STEM Education classes have more than quadrupled in size with students studying everything from plant growth and toxicity to the magnetic fields of planets outside of our solar system.
The partnership with the Motorola Solutions Foundation will allow District 300 to offer a greater availability to resources while continuing to expand its program and mentor opportunities for students.
“We are so honored to partner with organizations like C.U.S.D. 300 who are helping to create the world’s future innovators and technology professionals,” said Matt Blakely, director, Motorola Solutions Foundation.
“As a company dedicated to helping people be their best in the moments that matter, Motorola Solutions could not be more honored to support programs such as C.U.S.D. 300.”
Additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants programs is available at: http://responsibility.motorolasolutions.com/index.php/solutions-for-community.