The Motorola Solutions Foundation has awarded Hofstra University’s School of Education $30,000 as part of its Innovation Generation grant program. Hofstra University will use this grant to help students upgrade and deepen their understanding of STEM subjects through the use of technology.
The grant will support the MathApps Saturday Academy, a collaborative effort between Hofstra University and middle schools located in diverse communities on Long Island. The Academy programs, which will take place at Hofstra, will engage approximately 50 students and strengthen their mathematical insights and abilities. The overall aim is to provide these students with the knowledge and motivation they need to participate productively in 21st century mathematics, science, and technology, and to learn about STEM majors and future career paths.
Since 2007 the Innovation Generation program has provided $3.4 million in support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, supporting more than 400 school, museum and nonprofit programs across the United States and Canada. The program awards funds to organizations, such as Hofstra University, that foster and support STEM initiatives for teachers and U.S. students -preschool through university -, especially girls and underrepresented minorities.
Project Director Roberto Joseph, associate professor of educational technology at Hofstra University, explains that students at the Saturday Academy will investigate topics of interest to their communities; perform extended STEM-related, hands-on projects; and use computers and other technological instruments to foster a deeper interest in mathematics.
“We are so honored to partner with organizations like Hofstra University 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 Hofstra. “
In addition to funding, Hofstra University will receive ongoing support from Motorola Solutions employee volunteers, who will act as mentors, tutors and experts in STEM careers.