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Stony Brook University Receives Motorola Foundations Grant for STEM Education

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Stony Brook University Receives Motorola Foundations Grant for STEM Education

Grant designed to inspire middle/high school girls to learn about science, technology, engineering and mat

Miriam Nariwala Judy Vidal, Diana Pena and Giselle Fernandez (Brentwood School District) work on their electrical circuit in the Engineering component of TechPREP

STONY BROOK, NY, August 2, 2012 –– Stony Brook University announced that the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc., has once again funded the Long Island STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Collaborative with a $100,000 grant as part of their Innovation Generation National Partnership program. Through the grant, the STEM Collaborative will provide resources and facilitators for the creation of four STEM Tech clubs and the continuation of the successful TechPREP program. This past year the grant served more than 300 students from high-needs school districts.

STEM clubs are located at the Brentwood Freshman Center in Brentwood, William Floyd Middle School in Moriches, Harrison Hale Community Educational Resource Center in Middle Island and the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County headquarters in Commack. STEM Tech will run throughout the 2012-2013 academic year with students preparing service learning projects culminating with a conference where they will present projects addressing some of the regional environmental issues currently affecting Long Island.

Chariel Mae Tabanyang (Longwood School District) works on her electrical circuit in the Engineering component of TechPREP

In addition to STEM Tech, the grant provides for a fifth year of support for the TechPREP program beginning in March 2013. TechPREP is a multi-track program that introduces technology fields to girls in sixth through eighth grades. It provides 90 hours of educational and experiential learning for middle school girls in the areas of computer science, mathematics, physics and engineering.

“This grant will allow TechPREP and STEM Tech to continue developing opportunities for students to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics while meeting a variety of role models from the community, industry and the university,” said Carrie-Ann Miller, Director of Stony Brook’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and Co-Director of STEM Tech and TechPREP. “Students learn first-hand about innovation, project development and the potential they have to impact the future.”

Paul Siegel, an Adjunct Lecturer and STEM Smart administrator in the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook and Co-Director of STEM Tech and TechPREP, observed that the support from Motorola Solutions also provides a way for Stony Brook University and the Long Island business community to spread some of their intellectual capital and entrepreneurial acumen into areas of need.

Members of the STEM Collaborative include: Stony Brook University’s Department of Technology & Society, Stony Brook’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program, Stony Brook’s Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, the Long Island Regional Service Learning Network and ConnectToTech, a consortium of industry representatives.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Innovation Generation program is designed to inspire students to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Innovation Generation funding equips students with the skills essential to both their lives today and their future success through funding, employee volunteers and intra-grantee collaboration. This year, the program will provide $4.9 million in grants to 87 organizations, including STEM Tech and TechPREP, to support hands-on, innovative after-school programs, science and math clubs, teacher training and mentoring programs.

“Each year, I am truly amazed by the groundbreaking work our grant recipients accomplish through the Innovation Generation program,” said Matt Blakely, Director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “These organizations are playing an active role in developing the future generation of scientists, engineers and innovators in the United States. As a company that’s dedicated to helping people do their best in the moments that matter, we could not be more honored to support such a worthy group of grantees.”

Beyond funding, STEM Tech and TechPREP will receive ongoing support from Motorola Solutions employee volunteers, who will act as mentors, tutors, and experts in STEM careers, which utilizes the expertise of Motorola Solutions’ workforce to inspire the next generation of inventors. The STEM Collaborative is now a part of the Innovation Generation network, where it can create vital connections with hundreds of other organizations with the common vision to make a greater impact on STEM education.

Founded in 2007, the Innovation Generation Grants have awarded more than $30 million to STEM programs nationwide. For more information on the grant program, please visit For additional information on STEM Tech and TechPREP please visit


About STEM Tech and TechPREP
TechPREP is a multi-track program targeting sixth through eighth grade female students, parents and school administrators in high needs school districts on Long Island. This past year, STEM Tech created several clubs for middle- and high-school students on Long Island. The clubs focused on an environmental issue in their communities. Student designed and developed model solutions and presented them at a capstone event held at the headquarters of Motorola Solutions on May 11, 2012.  This consortium of Stony Brook University programs including ConnectToTech, the Science and Technology Program (STEP) and the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program, deliver an integrated program encompassing mentoring, technology demonstrations, classroom instruction and overall awareness of engineering and computer technologies. ConnectToTech, a network of high-tech professionals and teachers, the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County and the Long Island Regional Service Learning Network work collaboratively with Stony Brook University to assist in the development and success of STEM Tech and its clubs.

About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and mathematics programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit

© Stony Brook University 2012

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