The University of Texas Elementary School has received a 2012 Dell Powering the Possible grant to support the expansion and enhancement of the school’s science and technology curriculum.
The partnership with Dell Powering the Possible will allow the school to employ a full-time science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) instructor. The STEM instructor will implement cutting-edge, hands-on technology instruction for the school’s 304 students.
“Our STEM instructor now has the resources necessary to really engage each of our students in an immersive technology curriculum,” said Melissa Chavez, UT Elementary’s principal. “This is critical in preparing our students for the future.”
In addition to funding, Dell will provide UT Elementary with the volunteer services of a local Dell champion, a Dell employee who will manage employee engagement opportunities with other local Dell team members.
“We know technology can do a world of good, and we are thrilled to be working with UT Elementary to help them further their overall mission,” said Trisa Thompson, Dell’s vice president of corporate responsibility.
Now in its tenth year of operation, UT Elementary is firmly established as a research-based demonstration school in the heart of East Austin. The pre-kindergarten to fifth grade school is operated by the university’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement as a free and open-enrollment campus, with a lottery-based admission system. The school employs scientifically based research and best teaching practices, and draws upon a variety of intellectual resources available at the university. To learn more about the $80,000 Dell grant, visit www.dell.com/poweringthepossible.