Results | Looking ahead
TI's commitment to education dates back to the company's inception and remains its highest philanthropic priority. Over the past five years, TI has contributed more than $150 million to education. Higher education has received more than 80 percent of this investment, with approximately 70 percent of that funding focused on research. In addition, employee volunteer hours, equipment donations and in-kind contributions significantly extend the impact of this commitment. In 2012, 21 percent of these funds supported K-12 initiatives for students and teachers.
Also during the year, Rich Templeton, our chairman, president and CEO, received the Semiconductor Industry Association’s highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award. He received the award for his leadership in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) reform, and for his commitment to industry innovation.
In 2012, TI and its philanthropic arms granted more than $22 million to support education in pre-K through 12 and university programs. This helped students improve their interest in and understanding of STEM subjects, and also supported professional development and training programs for teachers.
See the Giving section of this report for more information about TI, TI Foundation and TI Community Fund education grants and gifts-in-kind supported during the year.
Additionally, TI donated a BenQ Joybee GP1 Mini Projector for teachers in the Plano Independent School District to use in small team activities. Weighing only 1.5 pounds, the projector is highly portable and can be used practically anywhere.
- Launched new educator professional development programs and resources for math and science to improve educator effectiveness.
- Partnered with the federal GEAR UP initiative to create programs focused on improving college readiness for middle and high school students in underserved districts across the U.S.
- Created new classroom-ready activities to support STEM education in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
- Partnered with China’s Ministry of Education to donate 100 multimedia classrooms to schools in poverty-stricken areas of central and western China. These classrooms will join the 20 TI Project Hope school libraries and 30 multimedia classrooms we already donated to primary and secondary schools in Sichuan Province, where our Chengdu, China, wafer fabrication facility (CFAB) is located.
- Donated $63,215 to the China Youth Development Foundation for a new Project Hope school classroom building near CFAB.
- Reinforced our commitment to education in China, our investments in the country and our cooperation with the Chinese Ministry of Education during a four-day tour given to a group of nine Chinese dignitaries.
- Donated $25,000 to Generation Science, enabling them to offer a free science workshop at all 22 primary public schools within the Inverclyde Educational Authority, which is near our site in Greenock, Scotland. The sponsorship is in addition to the three-year funding that the TI Community Fund recently donated to the Inverclyde Council to improve math and science teaching in local public secondary schools.
In 2013, TI plans to:
- Support and strengthen best practices in our existing student achievement and teacher effectiveness programs.
- Enhance, integrate and enrich student and educator STEM experiences through the use of our Education Technology products.
- Collaborate with organizations committed to education that are capable of positively impacting students and educators.
- Open a TI Project Hope school in Nanbu County, China, through the China Youth Development Foundation, and plan for another school near our Shanghai site.
- Extend the AP Incentive Program grant to the Richardson ISD for the first time.
- Partner with select North Texas school districts to create integrated STEM education programs.
- Donate a "pico tree" to the Plano ISD High School Academy to showcase images of student-produced art work. The tree is designed by our DLP® division and contains several Pico™ products capable of projecting images on metallic leaves hanging from the tree.
- Extend our support of robotics competitions and also support VEX Robotics, which reaches more than 100,000 middle, high school and college students worldwide.