Results | Looking ahead
TI’s programs are designed to reach thousands of students, teachers and policymakers to generate interest in and funding for research and innovation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We achieve this by purchasing technology for classrooms, providing academic enrichment opportunities, awarding scholarships, sponsoring math and science fairs and competitions, and recognizing educator excellence.
Some of our key highlights of the year included:
Additionally, TI’s Education Technology business provided educators with an unprecedented level of resources and support in 2011, including:
- Helping Change the Equation exceed President Obama’s challenge to bring a handful of excellent, research-based STEM learning programs to 134 new sites, reaching nearly 40,000 students nationwide.
- Further developing a program to enhance education near our new site in Chengdu, China. The site includes a manufacturing facility and is located in Nanbu County, one of the country’s poorest counties. Investments included funding the installation of multimedia classrooms in 30 schools and libraries in 20 schools, and sponsoring a training program for more than 800 primary and middle school teachers.
- Reaching an agreement with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation to adopt and expand High-Tech High Heels programs in the Dallas area over the next three years. The TI Foundation provided a $413,000 grant to help fund the expansion.
- Announcing a $1M Power of STEM Education initiative through the Texas Instruments (TI) Community Fund to provide collaborative grants in four new TI communities in California, Maine, Scotland and Malaysia to improve student achievement and teacher effectiveness in STEM.
- Continuing our involvement with minority chambers and support of chamber education efforts. We continue to proactively engage with hundreds of scholarship recipients, and encourage them to pursue STEM careers and consider our company as an employer.
- Increased access to TI-Nspire™ technology through a free online TI-Nspire document player.
- Free online classroom-ready activities that are downloadable from TI’s Math Nspired and Science Nspired resource centers.
- Free trial programs for TI-Nspire CX handhelds and TI-Nspire teacher software.
- A workshop loan program for classrooms to borrow TI classroom technology.
In Texas and around the world, TI:
See the Giving section of this report for more information about TI and TI Foundation education grants and gifts-in-kind supported in 2011.
- Awarded $14.6 million in 2011 from TI and the TI Foundation to develop STEM teachers and support related student programs to increase the number of graduates entering the technology workforce.
- Gave $5 million from TI to the Plano Independent School District (ISD) for its science and math academy, and to integrate technology into the classrooms.
- Granted $1.9 million from the TI Foundation to expand the Advanced Placement Incentive Program to the Mesquite, Texas, ISD. This program has benefited 11,740 students and 214 teachers from 37 Dallas-area ISD high schools since 1996. The College Board recognized the Dallas ISD as one of 388 U.S. public school districts that increased access to AP courses and success on AP exams.
- Awarded another three-year, $634,000 grant from the TI Foundation to the University of North Texas and a $713,000 grant to the University of Texas at Dallas in support of their UTeach programs. Both programs have exceeded growth expectations, and more than 750 students have enrolled since 2010. Some graduates are now teaching locally, and at least 70 will graduate in 2012.
- Gave a $320,000 grant through the TI Foundation to build a science lab at William Preparatory School as part of the Uplift Education program.
- Awarded a $150,000 challenge grant through the TI Foundation, which was matched by Texas A&M’s College of Science and College of Education and Human Development to create a $300,000 fund in support of the aggieTEACH program.
- Granted the Communities Foundation of Texas $100,000 from the TI Foundation to complete a study by Educate Texas (formerly the Texas High School Project) to identify possible school-district candidates for implementation of a STEM model initiative.
- Gave $15,000 and donated hundreds of volunteer hours to sponsor the Texas Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) regional robotics competition. More than 1,200 students participated.
- Continued to honor TI Foundation STEM Teaching Award winners with $10,000; $5,000 is directly awarded to the teacher and the other $5,000 is used at his or her discretion for professional development or instructional technology. To date, the TI Foundation has given $500,000 for these awards and honored 50 teachers.
- Sponsored India’s ninth annual TI Science & Technology Quiz, which was held in five cities. The national finals attracted about 1,500 students.
- Enabled 1,000 students to participate in Southern Methodist University’s Visioneering event. The program has reached more than 10,000 students since it began in 2001.
- Funded the analysis and redevelopment of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas STEM programs, to ensure they are relevant to the needs of girls today.
- Enabled 90 teachers to attend gender-equity training, 51 counselors to attend STEM career workshops and 46 community college teachers to attend a STEM equity workshop through the High-Tech High Heels program supported by TI and the TI Foundation.
- Continued TI Foundation funding for an existing Teach for America grant. The successful program has already placed 62 math and science teachers in Dallas schools (triple the initial goal). Student academic achievement is now above the national average.
- Sponsored a youth leadership conference for high school students interested in pursuing STEM degrees or careers through the Urban League.
- Offered 24 live Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3) webinars, free of charge, to math and science educators. More than 12,000 on-demand webinar views and downloads were accessed by educators as well.
- Supported the Foundation for the National Archives’ Primarily Teaching and DocsTeach programs, which trains teachers to use archives documents to engage students in history, civics and math while using technology.
- Sponsored the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science’s summer programs. More than 1,000 students enrolled in camps and participated in exciting scientific challenges not typically found in the classroom. Another 150 young children and their parents participated in the Little Explorer Summer Program.
- Supported several STEM education programs in Tucson, Ariz., including hosting high school corporate interns, science fair sponsorships and a robotics camp.
- Helped 345 low-income freshmen engineering students in China attend universities through the TI Star students program.
- Provided TI Star student scholarships in Malaysia for low-income students pursuing a degree in science and engineering, as well as updated engineering materials at two universities through a $100,000 grant to the Asia Foundation through the TI Community Fund.
- Helped give 615 underprivileged children in Bangalore, India, access to education through the TI India Foundation’s Early Bird Scholarship Program, in partnership with employee and parent contributions.
- Granted $25,000 from the TI Community Fund to the Asia Foundation for its Books for Asia program, which distributed more than 12,000 new books to schools in and around Melaka, Malaysia.
In 2012, TI plans to:
- Continue supporting and strengthening our existing student achievement and teacher effectiveness programs.
- Expand and leverage TI’s support of STEM education in the four communities it recently gained through the National Semiconductor acquisition, including the first grant recipients of the TI power of STEM education initiative.
- Continue to enhance, integrate and enrich student and educator STEM experiences through the use of our classroom technology.
- Continue strategic collaboration with organizations committed to STEM that are capable of positively impacting students and educators.
- Fund a TI Project Hope school in Nanbu County, China, through the China Youth Development Foundation.
- Work with Educate Texas to create a unique STEM education program through the TI Foundation to enhance science and math education at all grade levels in the Lancaster Independent School District.
- Announce a program with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas that engages and encourages girls to explore opportunities in STEM.