In my daily work at TI, I get to see the impact that we're making in our communities in the area of STEM education. 

This week, we announced a number of education grants for this year that will improve STEM learning and teaching in North Texas, the Bay Area in California and Maine.  I'm pleased to share that announcement with you below.

TI “Power of STEM Education” 2015 grants total almost $6 million

Funding is focused on improving STEM learning and teaching

Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) announced today that its 2015 corporate and foundation giving to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education totals almost $6 million.

Focused on collaborative strategies to improve student success and teaching effectiveness in STEM education, TI and the Texas Instruments Foundation designate “Power of STEM Education” grants to a variety of nonprofit partners and educators in targeted communities 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.

“We seek out effective partners and collaborate to get results,” said Andy Smith, executive director of the TI Foundation and director of corporate philanthropy. “Through strategic investments, long-term relationships with educators and their organizations, and partnerships with nonprofits in our local communities, we help develop and support proven, successful education programs that can be scaled and replicated. Through these partnerships, we believe all students can move forward and experience greater success in STEM.”

“TI’s commitment to education dates back to the company’s inception and remains our highest philanthropic priority. Education is a top passion for TI employees as well,” Smith said. “These grants present a great opportunity for us to combine our investment with the involvement of volunteers to make an even greater impact.”

STEM education partners receiving “Power of STEM Education” grants this year are located in North Texas (Dallas area), California’s Bay Area and South Portland, Maine.

 North Texas

This year’s Texas grants, most in the Dallas area, total $4.7 million. Major grants include $2.2 million to Educate Texas to accelerate the STEM district model with Lancaster ISD and $1.07 million to the National Math & Science Initiative to support the Advanced Placement (AP™) incentive program with Dallas ISD.

Additional North Texas grant partners include: Big Thought; Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County and Greater Dallas; Dallas Regional Science & Engineering Fair; Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas; Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas; Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet School; Junior League of Dallas ; National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education; Perot Museum of Nature & Science; Real School Gardens; St. Philip’s School & Community Center; Teach for America; Teaching Trust; TexPREP, University of Texas at Dallas; and the Texas Science and Engineering Fair.

Bay Area, California

TI “Power of STEM Education” grants total almost $1 million in the California Bay Area, including two three-year grants of $325,000 each to a collaboration between the New Teacher Center and Resource Area for Teaching for in-depth training of middle-school science lead teachers and a partnership of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF), East Side Union High School District and Santa Clara County Office of Education to expand SVEF’s successful Elevate [Math] and Elevate [Science] program to 10th and 11th grades.

Additional partnerships include Across the Bridge Foundation; Black Girls Code; Breakthrough Silicon Valley; California Alliance of African American Educators; Citizen Schools, Inc. ; Environmental Volunteers; Family Giving Tree; Girls Who Code; InnVision Shelter Network; Resource Area for Teaching; San Jose State University; Santa Clara County Office of Education; Silicon Valley Children’s Fund; Society of Women Engineers of Santa Clara Valley; Teach for America; We Teach Science; and Youth Science Institute.


In South Portland Maine TI “Power of STEM Education” grants include a $150,000 three-year grant for a collaborative program between the state’s two largest school districts, the South Portland School District and Portland School District to implement a STEM Academy for 8th, 9th and 10th grade students in both district. The academy will focus on minority and female students.   Additional grants were given to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute; Learning Works; Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance.

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