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Educational Foundation of Lake County Receives AT&T Grant

Leesburg High Students Students at Leesburg High School will benefit from a statewide investment by AT&T this year, once that seeks to increase understanding of how classroom curriculum translates into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.
To provide a critical link from classroom to careers, AT&T is once again partnering with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) to provide experiential learning opportunities for students in school districts across Florida.   Real-world application of STEM education concepts, problem-solving and critical thinking skills will all be key elements of the 47 separate projects to be organized and funded through CFEF member local education foundations, including the Educational Foundation of Lake County.
Leesburg High School (LHS) was awarded two of the AT&T grants which will be implemented from January through May 2016. A total of 225 students will be impacted by the projects in grades 9 through12. Educational Foundation director Carman Cullen said “this funding will keep us going in the right academic direction and I applaud AT&T for their commitment to the students in Florida, especially those in Lake County”.
The Science National Honor Society students will be learning about technology used in health care, forensic science, biotechnology, genetic and civil engineering. In addition to lab time they will engage in activities, experiments and facilitations about the importance of STEM in the 21st Century with business partners Lake County EMS, Orlando Science Center and EPCOT.
Students enrolled in pathways to Engineering at LHS will learn about the basics of electronics by exploring amplifiers; analog and digital circuits and how to read schematic diagrams. The knowledge will applied during the investigation of career opportunities in the STEM field. Riddle Newman Engineering will be serving as the project business partner.
“We know that industries engaged in STEM disciplines will create a majority of high-value, high-wage jobs and within ten years, almost nine out of ten new jobs will require education beyond a high school degree,” said Joe York, AT&T Florida President. “We are pleased to make this contribution because Florida’s K-12 education foundations are well positioned to be the link between schools and local businesses for students, enabling them to build connections with potential employers in their communities, get a sense of what careers they offer and the skill sets they require.”
Two additional CFEF contributors have followed AT&T’s lead to provide similar programs with local impact throughout Florida.  The Motorola Solutions Foundation is funding 11 larger-scale projects through a competitive grant process.  CenturyLink is funding 25 projects in their “Teachers and Technology Grant” initiative providing training and needed equipment to enhance digital learning in the classroom.