University of Texas at AustinDivision of Diversity and Community Engagement

UTES Students Showcase Tech Skills at Dell Powering the Possible Event

June 14, 2012

Dell employees, parents and community members joined UT Elementary School (UTES) students and faculty for a Dell Powering the Possible showcase on May 31. Fifth-grade students Andrew Lopez and Francisco Guajardo talked about their experiences in the program and students provided a “show and tell” for visitors about their projects using scratch applications, lego robotics and digital storytelling. New UTES STEM teacher Felicia Adams was also introduced.

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 Student Francisco Guajardo describes his experiences with technology thanks to Dell Powering the Possible activities.

UTES was one of 24 organizations across the U.S.  invited by Dell to help youth discover what is possible. Dell Powering the Possible supports youth by closing the technology gap and providing information and communication technology skills that power life-long learning.

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Dr. Gregory Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement (front row middle), and Michele Glaze, Dell strategic giving & employee engagement manager (back row behind Dr. Vincent) join the UTES students and faculty who have been involved with Powering the Possible this year.

Dell provided UT Elementary  with grant funding as well as its latest technology. And a local Dell Champion–Preston Charles–has been working with the school to encourage employee engagement and support the needs of the school.

Not only has Dell’s support enriched technology skills and tools at the school but it has paved the way for a new STEM program for all grade levels next year.

UT Elementary Executive Director and Principal Melissa Chavez said, “Dell’s support has given our students opportunities they would not have had. And, their success using new technologies has created an enthusiasm for learning through discovery and exploration that has amazed all of us.”

Trisa Thompson, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Dell said, “Every child should have an opportunity to develop his or her potential through technology access. Our investment of nearly $3 million through these 24 organizations reflects our belief that non-profit organizations can best identify and respond to the unique technology needs of their communities. We know that we can change the lives of children who participate.

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