Pacific Science Center Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Innovation Generation Grant

by | Aug 11, 2015

SEATTLE, WA– (August 11, 2015) – Pacific Science Center, a non-profit that inspires a lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs, today announced it has received a $15,000 grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the “Innovation Generation” grant, Pacific Science Center will continue to provide opportunities for youth to gain experience that will enable them to pursue science-related careers through our teen programs, Discovery Corps and Lake Washington Watershed Internship Program (LWWIP).

The Innovation Generation program awards organizations such as Pacific Science Center that foster and support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives for teachers and U.S. preschool through university students – especially girls and underrepresented minorities.

“The Innovation Generation grant from Motorola will allow Pacific Science Center to continue to offer invaluable internship and professional development opportunities for teens from a variety of backgrounds from around the greater Seattle area,” said Dr. Ann McMahon, vice president of science and education for Pacific Science Center. “In both Discovery Corps and LWWIP, teens experience science in our community first-hand and develop essential skills to pursue further education and ultimately careers in high-demand STEM fields.”

Since 2005, when Pacific Science Center started Discovery Corps on our flagship campus, a diverse pool of more than 350 youth have spent more than 18,000 hours sharing science with the public through innovative interactive activities on our exhibit floor as well as in underserved community centers and classrooms. All 27 graduates of the Discovery Corps Class of 2014 just completed their first year of college – at MIT, Stanford, Cornell, Columbia, Northwestern, University of Washington, Western Washington University and other terrific colleges.

The Lake Washington Watershed Internship Program (LWWIP), based at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue, is a year-long program that assists teens in becoming informed stewards of their local community through mentoring, hands-on learning, habitat restoration, and stream monitoring. Youth gain a greater understanding of the world around them while developing teaching and presentation skills, mentoring elementary-aged students about their local environment, and obtaining job experience. As a Lake Washington Watershed intern, youth have the opportunity to explore their local environment through outdoor experiences including snowshoeing, canoeing and visiting the Cedar River Watershed, the origin of our drinking water. Pacific Science Center has trained more than 180 LWWIP interns since starting the program in 1997. For the past two years, our LWWIP interns represented Pacific Science Center/Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center and competed with nine other teams to win first place in the regional “Envirothon” competition where high school youth demonstrate their knowledge and problem-solving skills on the topics of aquatic ecology, forestry, soils/land use, and wildlife.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation grant program overall will impact about 900,000 students and teachers, each receiving an average of 100 programming hours from their partner non-profit organizations and institutions. Programs will support special populations including girls and women, underrepresented minorities, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, people with disabilities and the military.

“The Motorola Solutions Foundation created the Innovation Generation Grant program eight years ago to support educational experiences that spark students to turn their dreams into the innovations that will shape our society’s future,” said Matt Blakely, director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “Organizations like Pacific Science Center are teaching tomorrow’s leaders that careers in engineering and technology are not only fun, but also within their reach.”

For additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants programs, visit: http://responsibility.motorolasolutions.com/index.php/solutions-for-community/.

About Pacific Science Center
Pacific Science Center inspires a lifelong interest in science, mathematics and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs. Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and upon the closing ceremonies; the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private, not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. For more information about Pacific Science Center, please call (206) 443-2001. Pacific Science Center is an independent non-profit 501(c) (3) organization and relies on admissions, memberships, and donations to continue our educational mission, programs, and exhibits.

About Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
Built on a 320-acre wetland, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a collaboration of Pacific Science Center and the City of Bellevue. For general information on Mercer Slough’s programs and the facility, visit: https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Mercer-Slough/.

About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit their website: www.motorolasolutions.com/giving.

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