Washington Alliance for Better Schools is pleased to announce that it has received a grant for $20,000 from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. The grant supports WABS’ STEM Externship and STEM Fellows programs, which help teachers in area school districts connect classroom learning and career paths for their 4th – 12th grade students. Lessons developed with the help of local businesses, industry experts and higher education professionals will allow students to solve real-world STEM challenges, explore a wide variety of STEM careers and career pathways, and use 21st Century Skills that will help them succeed in college and the workforce. WABS’ STEM programs will serve approximately 95 teachers, whose improved practice will in turn impact over 12,000 students in the region.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as WABS, which support and advance public safety programs and technology & engineering education initiatives. This year, programs that served underrepresented populations, including females, people with disabilities and veterans were prioritized.
This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help over 2 million students, teachers, first responders, and community members across the United States. Each participant will receive an average of 186 programming hours from its partner non-profit organizations and institutions. Programs will support special populations including: females, underrepresented minorities, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, people with disabilities, and veterans.
“Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the work of Washington Alliance for Better Schools. As a leading technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know how important it is to educate tomorrow’s technology professionals as well as enlighten civilians and first responders on today’s safety needs,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.
For additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants program, visit: motorolasolutions.com/foundation. For more information about WABS programs for teachers, visit: wabsalliance.org/academic-leadership.