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MDC Receives Second Consecutive $50,000 Grant from Motorola to Further STEM Education

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A learning program at MDC funded by a grant from Motorola gives high school students hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Miami, June 29, 2009 - Miami Dade College (MDC) was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Motorola Foundation for a second consecutive year. Following in Motorola’s mission to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, MDC will use the Innovation Generation grant money to fund a STEM learning program to teach local high school students more about these fields of study. 

“Science and technology come to life everyday at Motorola. With Innovation Generation, we extend that experience to students across the country, so they will be inspired and prepared to embrace – or even create – the inventions of the future,” said Eileen Sweeney, director of the Motorola Foundation. “We support programs that make science, math and engineering compelling – whether that is with real-world role models, exciting out-of-school programming or experiences that are completely out of the box.”

Nearly 50 students were selected from the Take Stock in Children program to participate this year. Beginning in the fall, they will attend Saturday sessions where they will learn DNA sequencing, create web pages, build and launch model rockets, and attend fieldtrips to the Everglades and a coral reef. In addition, they will receive awards at the end of the program and take a trip to the Motorola plant in Plantation.

Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than170,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of associate in arts and science degrees. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety management and nursing. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs have served as national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performing arts series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a sculpture park and a large art gallery and theater system.

Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to high-definition video and mobile devices, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. For more information, visit

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