Siemens, a global technology company with roots in Central Florida, has announced a $20,000 donation to Orlando Science Center to bring STEM learning to life for students participating in the City of Orlando’s After-School All-Stars program. The Destination: STEM academic enrichment workshops will be developed and facilitated by Orlando Science Center at eight middle school sites in the After-School All-Stars program.
This funding will enable up to 1,200 middle-school students to participate in five hands-on workshops that introduce students to various STEM disciplines and career pathways. Workshops are focused on topics such as photonics and optics; aerospace; engineering; modeling and simulation; and robotics. Participating students will attend Destination: STEM workshops throughout the current academic year. Curriculum is designed to inspire and excite middle school students about the academic and professional opportunities associated with the thriving, ever-growing STEM industries.
Participating schools include Carver, Howard, Stonewall Jackson, Memorial, Odyssey, Lake Nona and College Park middle schools.
The contribution is an extension of Siemens’ commitment to advance STEM education in Central Florida. Over the past year alone, Siemens’ employees have engaged with over 3,200 students in Central Florida on more than 30 organized STEM activities and events – such as leading Siemens Science Days in classrooms or giving presentations to students about careers in STEM.
The funding for Destination:STEM is available through Siemens’ Business to Society Initiative, which is designed to provide a lasting impact on and positive value for the communities in which the company operates. Business to Society captures Siemens’ efforts to address some of America’s biggest challenges as part of its core business strategy. The company seeks to make a difference by helping to close the skills gap; supporting U.S. R&D; reducing carbon emissions; driving breakthrough medical innovations; and advancing America’s security, infrastructure, and economy.
Pictured above: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer; Tim Holt, Siemens CEO of Power Generation Services; Ann Fairchild, General Counsel Siemens North America and OSC Trustee; JoAnn Newman, Orlando Science Center President & CEO; & Nancy Robbinson, District 6 School Board Member, Orange County Public Schools.
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