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SME to commit $900,000 to Youth Program in 2007

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 6, 2007 — The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation announced today that it would commit $900,000 in 2007 to youth programs that expose students to the exciting possibilities of manufacturing and engineering careers. The funding will support Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camps and Academies as well as Project Lead the Way’s (PLTW) “Gateway to Technology” middle school curriculum.

The SME Education Foundation’s 2007 funding will support STEPS Academies and PLTW’s Gateway to Technology programs in 13 states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. In addition, the SME Education Foundation is partnering with the Silver Crescent Foundation to create two STEPS Academies and PLTW programs in South Carolina. The Foundation’s funding will also support nine STEPS camps in five states: Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to create and support programs like STEPS and PLTW that have such incredible potential to inspire students to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering,” said Glen Pearson, president, SME Education Foundation. “By investing in these programs, we have a chance to make a real difference in the future of manufacturing and, as a result, the future of America’s economy.”

This is the SME Education Foundation’s 11th year of support for the STEPS programs, which began as STEPS Camps for girls, at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1997 with the Foundation’s funding. STEPS Camps, residential programs held at colleges and universities, use hands-on experience with high-tech equipment to inspire students’ interest in science, technology and engineering careers.

In order to increase the programs’ reach, the SME Education Foundation partnered with Project Lead the Way to create STEPS Academies for middle school students. These co-ed day camps use PLTW’s exciting curriculum to ignite students’ interest in engineering and technology as well as to interest them in taking PLTW’s Gateway to Technology curriculum during the school year.

Established in 1980, the SME Education Foundations has contributed more than $3 million over the past 11 years to support youth programs and initiatives that inspire, support and prepare young people for careers in manufacturing.

The SME Education Foundation’s 2007 funding will support the following STEPS Academies and Camps with partnerships noted. The numbers are recently updated.
  • California, 9 STEPS Academies
  • Colorado, 6 STEPS Academies, with support from Intel Corporation
  • Connecticut, 2 STEPS Academies
  • Illinois, 3 STEPS Academies, 1 STEPS Camps
  • Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas, 4 STEPS Academies, with support from the Kauffman Foundation
  • St. Louis, Missouri, 2 STEPS Academies
  • Michigan, 4 STEPS Camps, with support from Automation Alley
  • Minnesota, 1 STEPS Camp
  • New York, 1 STEPS Academy
  • Ohio, 13 STEPS Academies
  • Pennsylvania, 4 STEPS Academies
  • South Carolina, 2 STEPS Academies, with support from the Silver Crescent Foundation
  • South Dakota, 1 STEPS Camp
  • Tennessee, 1 STEPS Academy
  • Texas, 3 STEPS Academies
  • Utah, 2 STEPS Academies
  • Wisconsin, 2 STEPS Academies, 1 STEPS Camp

    About the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation
    The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation is one of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing manufacturing education. Its approach is three-fold: to inspire youth to pursue careers in manufacturing; to support students studying for a career in an engineering-related field and prepare these students through its Manufacturing Education Plan grant program in colleges and technical schools. Since 1980, the Foundation has provided more than $19 million in grants, scholarships and awards. The Education Foundation was created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979 as a means of transforming manufacturing education in North American colleges and universities.
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