Innovation Grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation Supports STEAM Education

Innovation Grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation Supports STEAM Education

K-12 STEM student research

An Innovation Generation grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation will support several leading-edge K-12 programs of the Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP). In a unique university collaboration with industry and K-12 schools, these programs focus on innovation in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education and research and development (R&D) education.

The funding will help to expand opportunities for middle and high school students in four ways: through a conference for STEM education leaders, teacher professional development programs, an online course for teachers facilitating student research, and a high school student research showcase.

OSEP offers middle and high school R&D and STEAM programs along with teacher professional development for approximately 673 teachers and other STEAM education stakeholders each year. As a result, more than 50,000 students in Chicago and across Illinois and the U.S. will benefit.

Activities supported by this grant include the following:

  • STEM Summit - Northwestern hosts Illinois’s only education conference bringing together K-12 educators and leaders from industry and academia to focus on innovation and collaboration in STEM education. The summit in February 2016 will work to build students’ abilities and interest in STEM.
  • STEAM Professional Development Workshops - Five full-day and multi-day workshops for teachers in the spring and summer of 2016 will build teachers’ capacity in STEAM education, integrating arts and design with STEM.
  • Online Research Facilitation Course - A 10-week, online course helps STEM teachers develop independent study R&D programs at their schools.
  • High School Research Project Showcase – Northwestern will host a forum in May 2016 for high school students to share their R&D projects for review and judging by education, industry and university professionals.

At Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, the Office of STEM Education Partnerships connects classrooms from kindergarten through high school with the cutting-edge resources of the University.

With its Innovation Generation grants in 2015, Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, is providing $3.35 million to organizations to promote STEM education, with a focus on women and minorities.

“These grants support educational experiences that inspire students to create the innovations that will shape our society’s future,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We want to show the leaders of tomorrow that careers in engineering and technology are not only fun, but also within their reach.”

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 9/10/15