The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools Receives AT&T Grant
(SANFORD, Fla.) February 19, 2019 – Students at Midway 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 working with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) to provide xperiential 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 45 separate projects to be organized and funded through CFEF member local education foundations, including The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools.
Funds provided to The Foundation by AT&T will support the Midway Elementary School Career and Creativity Studio. In partnership with the Orlando-Sanford International Airport, the Career and Creativity studio will offer students hands-on opportunities to learn from real STEM professionals in a structured workshop setting. Students engaging in this program will be exposed to STEM fields and career in a way that will spark their curiosity.
“Students at Midway Elementary School are very excited as they now have a 21st Century Career Studio where they can nurture their talents and strengths, learn how to use the latest technology, as well as work on their areas of need in order to become productive citizens,” said Kimberly Wilson, the mastermind behind the Career and Creativity Studio at Midway. With AT&T funds, students will have the opportunity to engage with STEM professionals throughout the remainder of the school year, and will get to enjoy the 3-D printer and other equipment for many years to come.
“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 ten larger-scale projects through a competitive grant process.