For the fourth consecutive year, KLRU Educational Services will work alongside 12 other partners to provide quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) summer experiences for low-income youth in Central Texas. The Central Texas Summer STEM Investment Hub, a collaborative of 13 funding partners, has dedicated not only funding, but professional development and research expertise to tackle two important challenges: a summer “slide” in skills for low-income youth relative to their higher-income peers, and the desire to grow a local workforce for future Central Texas STEM-related jobs.
KLRU has three chief roles in this Summer STEM work:
- to determine how KLRU’s digital assets, including equipment and digital media resources, can complement the work of each partner for on-site use
- to provide resources to youth and their families to extend the learning achieved into the remainder of the summer through our vast collection of online and app-based resources
- to hold discussions with youth and their families about summer screen use. We know that screen use goes way up during the summer months. We wish to help families strive for a healthy balance of “smart” and “silly” screen time, along with other activities for all members of the family.
The grantees are:
|Design Connect Create|
|UT Austin TACC|
|UT Austin Dell Medical School|
|UT Austin UTeach Outreach|
|AISD Eastside Memorial Vertical Team|
|AISD Akins High School|
|KLRU Educational Services|
|Hill Country Science Mill|
|Harmony Science Academy|
The Central Texas Summer STEM Investment Hub partners are: KDK-Harman Foundation, KLE Foundation, Webber Family Foundation, Topfer Family Foundation, Andy Roddick Foundation, Austin Community Foundation, Intel Foundation, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and IBM.