TI Foundation grant creates STEM learning opportunities for 10,000 students

Basmah Sawalhi – a rising high-school senior, aspiring architect and self-professed math geek – says problem-solving sparks her creativity.

“When you’re faced with a problem, you have certain restrictions and have to be able to work alone and with a group to figure out how to bypass those restrictions,” said Basmah, a student at Lloyd V. Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas. “You work with what you have to find a realistic goal for the problem.”

Basmah and other students at the school face a problem. While the Dallas-Fort Worth region ranks among the top three U.S. metro areas for business and employment growth1 and is attracting talent from around the world, a future that includes a middle- or high-skill career can seem beyond reach for some North Texas students. Fifty-nine percent of the students in Berkner’s attendance zone are economically disadvantaged.