July 13, 2016
Destination Imagination Receives 2016 Motorola Solutions Foundation Innovation Generation Grant
Cherry Hill, N.J.—July 13, 2016—Destination Imagination, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching students the creative process through hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), as well as social entrepreneurship challenges, today announced it has received a grant for $30,000 as part of the “Innovation Generation Grant” program from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, Destination Imagination will enhance STEAM and 21st century skills initiatives for more than 150,000 students worldwide.
The Innovation Generation program provides awards to organizations, such as Destination Imagination, which foster and support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives for teachers and students (U.S. preschool through university level) — especially girls and underrepresented minorities.
“Destination Imagination and Motorola Solutions Foundation recognize the sense of urgency to not only engage more students in STEM but to teach students to think differently in order to thrive in an emerging and competitive global STEM workforce,” said Dr. Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination. “With the help of the Innovation Generation Grant, DI will continue to enhance our academic challenges and outreach to help prepare students for new, innovative opportunities that will be presented in the emerging STEM economy.”
The Motorola Solutions Foundation grant program overall will impact about 1 million students and teachers, each receiving an average of 120 programming hours from our 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 nine years ago to support educational experiences that spark students to turn their dreams into innovations that will shape our society’s future,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “Organizations like Destination Imagination are teaching tomorrow’s leaders that careers in engineering and technology are both fun and within their reach.”
For additional information on Motorola Solutions Foundation and its grant programs, visit http://responsibility.motorolasolutions.com/index.php/solutions-for-community/ and for more information on Destination Imagination please visit http://destinationimagination.org.
About Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-led non-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The most popular education offering is the Challenge Program, where student teams solve open-ended STEM, arts and service learning Challenges and present their solutions to trained appraisers. Founded in 1982, Destination Imagination has impacted more than 1.5 million students. To learn more, please visit http://destinationimagination.org.
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 our website: www.motorolasolutions.com/giving.