Siemens Donates 300 Chromebooks to Georgia Youth Science & Technology Center to Bolster STEM Studies in Underserved Communities
September 23, 2021
Siemens today announced a donation of 300 Chromebooks to Georgia Youth Science & Technology Center (GYSTC) as part of the company’s laptop donation program launched earlier this year to address equity and bridge digital divide in schools.
A year of virtual learning has raised many challenges, particularly for students in geographic areas challenged by poverty. With few community resources and spotty or nonexistent broadband service, these students have fallen dangerously behind across all academic areas. The donation from Siemens will support GYSTC’s distribution of Chromebooks to the most impacted students in underserved areas in Georgia.
“Access to technology for youth and understanding where equity gaps lie in those needs is an issue that should be thoroughly examined, addressed and corrected,” said Dr. Brendan Kelly, president of the University of West Georgia, which houses the West Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center. “The donation of these Chromebooks will unquestionably help bridge those gaps by strengthening students’ ability to learn, grow and thrive in STEM studies, a critical curriculum in our education system.”
“Kennesaw State University is proud to be the home of the Georgia Youth Science and Technology Centers (GYSTC), and strongly support the work of GYSTC to increase student and teacher interest and participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” KSU Interim President Kathy Schwaig said. “The commitment by Siemens to make the donation of technology to GYSTC will serve to greatly enhance their efforts around the state.”
Preparing all students for future careers that are personally rewarding, financially stabilizing and uplifting to Georgia’s economic future are core values for GYSTC.
“When children from the most challenged communities have equal access to basic learning technology, our core values are realized,” said Amanda Buice, GYSTC Executive Director. “Big thanks to Siemens for their foresight and support of our children’s bright futures!”
Beginning October 1, middle school students will be assigned the Chromebooks and have access to them for a semester or half the school year in GYSTC’s afterschool refresher sessions. The sessions are designed to create a low-pressure environment where students can get additional guidance for lost learning in science in which they may be struggling. As with all GYSTC programs, the guided instruction offered aligns with Georgia Standards of Excellence. When the semester ends, the Chromebooks will be turned in and held for a new group of students to use, as needed.
“At Siemens, we believe technology can be used to help promote equity, including accessibility to educational resources,” said Deborah Forssman, head of Siemens IT Americas. “We’re thrilled to support GYSTC with these Chromebooks to help students receive the learning, support and guidance they need to succeed.”
Siemens has been a consistent partner to GYSTC by providing many resources to bolster STEM aptitude in the form of materials, technical assistance, cash donations and now, 300 Chromebooks. It is expected that the donation will allow students to review and brush up on science studies missed due to the pandemic.
This most recent donation aligns with Siemens’ ongoing commitment to drive meaningful, measurable impact towards closing the opportunity gap in underserved communities. Earlier this year, Siemens announced plans to provide a total of $140,000 in grants to Black-owned businesses to support diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship and business development. Annually, Siemens spends $1.2 billion doing business with companies owned by women, people of color, veterans, and people with disabilities, among other diverse owners.
This mission is also advanced through the work of the Siemens Foundation, the non-profit organization established by Siemens USA, and its recent $1.4M donation to support vaccine distribution in Black, Indigenous and Latinx communities. Additional donations are supporting Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to support social and economic equity in racially diverse communities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in their plans to safely reopen campuses, and efforts by the National Governors Association to reskill workers in the new economy.
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Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. Active around the world, the company focuses on intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems and on automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Siemens brings together the digital and physical worlds to benefit customers and society. Through Mobility, a leading supplier of intelligent mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is helping to shape the world market for passenger and freight services. Via its majority stake in the publicly listed company Siemens Healthineers, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital health services. In addition, Siemens holds a minority stake in Siemens Energy, a global leader in the transmission and generation of electrical power that has been listed on the stock exchange since September 28, 2020. In fiscal 2020, Siemens Group USA generated revenue of $17 billion and employs approximately 40,000 people serving customers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.