Matthew Miao understands firsthand the power of engineering to transform lives, and he and other TIers are using that power to help students in China think about their future in exciting new ways.
“We want to open the eyes of kids today to the possibilities of what they can be when they engineer their future,” he said.
As a young man, Matthew assumed he would follow in his father’s footsteps and spend his life mining coal in northern China. Then one day, volunteers from a local university visited his middle school and gave his class a basic overview of engineering. With that visit, the arc of his life transformed from ambivalence into an eagerness to learn.
“Those volunteers set a life-changing example of what it’s like to be an engineer,” said Matthew, an audio algorithm validation engineer who lives and works in Shanghai.
Matthew and other members of TI’s Community Involvement Team (CIT) in China are telling their stories to children and students at TI Project Hope Schools, which include donations of about 370 multimedia classrooms provided by our company. Together with local partners, we are working in China and other places around the world to ensure that students in communities where we live and work are prepared for the future.
“I’m so excited that I’m doing the same thing with TI that the volunteers did when they visited my middle school many years ago,” Matthew said. “Children are always the main emphasis of our China CIT. It can’t be better than bringing laughter and hope to these kids, especially children with disabilities.”
Project Hope Schools
Except for the dusty dirt roads and simple brick buildings outside its gates, one would never know that the Project Hope School in Dongnan Town is located in one of the poorer areas of China’s Shaanxi Province. The school is freshly painted bright yellow, with blue and white accents, and has an expansive playground for its 230 students.
The school is the fourth of what will be 10 planned Project Hope Schools that our company has funded in China. We’ve joined with the China Youth Development Foundation, a national public foundation with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, to bring these schools to impoverished rural areas of China.
“We’ve chosen to partner with the China Youth Development Foundation on Project Hope schools to make education accessible to all students in China, especially its rural areas,” said Andy Smith, our company’s director of Corporate Philanthropy. “Education matters and we want to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn, grow and contribute by having access to an environment where they can explore math, science, reading and writing.”
To date, 3,100 teachers and 48,500 students from Sichuan, Jiangxi and Shaanxi provinces are benefitting from our giving and employee engagement efforts that help Chinese students learn about engineering concepts and, in turn, help strengthen our communities.
In addition to teaching kids about electronics, Matthew and other members of the China CIT work with autistic children in Shanghai.
“If you’re patient with them, they’ll feel the love from you,” Matthew said. “One parent of a disabled child told me that his daughter has never been so happy as during the past month when we worked with her. That inspired me to join more volunteer activities with the CIT team.”
All in a day’s work
For the China CIT, volunteerism is all in a day’s work.
In 2017, more than 1,000 employees in China invested 4,500 hours volunteering at schools in their local communities, working with disabled children and planting trees. They also participated in charity races to raise money for 60 multimedia classrooms in Project Hope Schools. Each multimedia classroom includes projectors based on TI DLP® technology, computers, white boards and software.
Bringing technology to life
For Steven Zhou, however, equipping classrooms with multimedia equipment wasn’t enough to narrow the digital gap for students in China’s rural areas. He thought something more was needed to bring the power of technology to life for students as part of their regular coursework.
Steven, who is a salesperson in our company’s Shanghai office, decided to develop a course to teach students about the basics of the integrated circuit in a fun, interactive way. He has taught the course to more than 1,000 students.
“The Magic Electronics Course helps young children easily understand the concepts of an integrated circuit and new technology in a hands-on way,” Steven said. “Our purpose is not to teach them too much about semiconductors, but instead to help them see the important role that ICs play in modern life. We show them real-life examples that they can recognize, which is especially important for children who live far away from big cities.”
These are outsitanding efforts! Keep it up. Thanks --
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