LARGO, Fla. – As many as 2,000 students from Pinellas Park High School will have an opportunity for hands-on STEM experiences using cutting-edge technology in their academies of Business, Criminal Justice and First Responders through a $10,000 AT&T contribution to the Pinellas Education Foundation.
AT&T’s contribution will help enhance the high school’s STEM curriculum when the school acquires a drone, which will be used by students in all three academies as well as their after-school STEM club. The drone will enable students to have access to the latest technology across multiple fields of study, including coding and thermal camera technology. This will catalyze real-world learning experiences that will enhance their connections to future careers in law enforcement, entrepreneurship, emergency management and technology.
“Students are seeing the importance of STEM degrees based on the fact that STEM careers are growing faster than other occupations and STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers.” said Edwin Narain, AT&T regional director “AT&T is proud to work with Pinellas Park High School to provide opportunities for STEM curriculum that ensure a brighter future for our students”
According to Pinellas Education Foundation President Stacy Carlson, “The knowledge and experience students will receive through STEM curriculum while learning about the use of drones greatly contributes to our students connecting relevance between classroom learned and advanced technologies. We are grateful that AT&T is helping to expand these opportunities for our students.”
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About The Pinellas Education Foundation
The Pinellas Education Foundation is an independent, non-governmental not-for-profit established in 1986. The Foundation’s mission is to accelerate educational achievement for ALL students through the effective mobilization of innovation, relationships and resources. Well known Pinellas Education Foundation programs include: Enterprise Village, Finance Park, Future Plans, Take Stock in Children Scholarships, Youth Connect and Teacher Classroom Grants.
About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. We have a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, and address community needs. Our AT&T Aspire initiative uses innovation in education to drive student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $400 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.