Educational Foundation receives AT&T Grant
LEESBURG, FL— Students at Umatilla Elementary School will benefit from a statewide investment by AT&T this year, one 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 collaborated 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 34 separate projects to be organized and funded through CFEF member local education foundations, including the Educational Foundation of Lake County.
The Grant will fund the Engineering Our Future project geared toward 5th graders at Umatilla Elementary School. Fifth graders will have the opportunity to learn how to use diagnostic and problem solving skills as they apply to possible future careers in STEM fields. The problem solving process and the critical thinking it entails are embedded into practice by people successful in many jobs. Fifth graders will learn to apply this approach into their school work and beyond.
The project will include approximately 100 students, 5 teachers and a partnership with Electron Machine Corporation. As the grant proposal reads, “We are eager to partner with Electron Machine Corp. to facilitate the connection our students need to realize the value of science and math to their future by engaging them in actually using a problem solving approach.”
Upon the program’s completion, the proposal identifies the overall expected learning outcome to be an increase of Umatilla Elementary School 5th grade students’ math and science performance to 75% at a minimum on the spring exam.
“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.”
Another CFEF contributor has followed AT&T’s lead to provide a similar STEM program with local impact throughout Florida. The Motorola Solutions Foundation is funding seven larger-scale projects through a competitive grant process.
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About the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF):
The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. Established in 1987, the CFEF seeks to advance student achievement in Florida by increasing private sector investment and involvement in public education. The CFEF now has 62 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they raise more than $63 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs. The CFEF has provided more than $32 million to local education foundations since 2001 through various private- and public-sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.
The Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is the direct support organization for Lake County Public Schools. Our mission is to serve as the connection between our community and public education, evaluating needs and securing resources to enhance quality of education.