Check Out This New Corporate Foundation That Backs Science Education

Freescale, a Motorola spinoff that’s now the seventh-largest semiconductor seller in the U.S., has joined the club of tech companies funding science education. Grants so far are mostly in the Southwest, but also for national programs. 

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Can Funding Makerspaces Make STEM Cool?

Part of the difficulty of getting kids into science, tech, engineering and math is the stuffy lab coat image, the idea that it’s just for the nerds or the smartest kids. What if you could replace that image with the maker culture’s DIY, mad scientist ethos, complete with robots and tesla coils? At least one prominent IT company’s philanthropy arm wants to give it shot.

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Noyce Foundation is After the Sparks that Ignite a Lifetime of Passion for Science

For everyone working in science, it seems, there was some formative experience in youth that triggered a life of interest in STEM. For the Noyce Foundation—the Calfornia-based funder honoring the Intel co-founder—figuring out the origins of these influences that tip a child toward science is worth millions in research on how formal and informal education engages young people. 

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American Honda is a Sporty, Mid-Sized Funder for Extracurricular Science Programs

In giving for science education, there are some foundations and initiatives looking to sweep the nation with massive coordinated efforts. And then there are others simply trying to help worthy and innovative organizations to make a difference with kids in their own backyards. American Honda Foundation is firmly in the latter camp, making mid-range, five-figure grants with a soft spot for informal education programs.  

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