Today Motorola, Inc. female engineers and Chief Technology Officer Padmasree Warrior celebrated "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day"Â with nearly 150 Girl Scouts. The engineers conducted science experiments with the girls and told stories about their careers, which sparked inspiring discussion among the girls. The event is part of Motorola's larger initiative to attract U.S. children to science and foster innovation at an early age. It marks the start of National Engineers Week (Feb. 19 - 23).
"U.S. children are performing below their international peers in science education, yet professional demands for science and engineering skills is expected to significantly increase,"Â said Warrior. "Through hands-on mentorship and interactive experiences, we are trying to strengthen children's excitement and engagement with science and technology."Â
Also today, the Motorola Foundation presented a $200,000 grant to the Girl Scouts of the USA to support its "Design and Discovery"Â and LEGO Robotics initiatives. Both programs helps girls understand the role of engineering and design in producing effective solutions to real-world problems and work hand in hand to increase the pipeline of girls ages 9-16 in design, engineering and technology.
"Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Motorola, and our funding aims to foster innovation for future generations,"Â said Eileen Sweeney, director, Motorola Foundation. "We are celebrating the spirit of discovery and providing programs that encourage our children, especially girls, to embrace careers in math and science."Â
The Motorola Foundation has a track record of supporting similar programs. Since 2000, the foundation has contributed more than $32 million in grants to education, focusing on programs that help students - especially girls and underrepresented minorities - develop a passion for science and spur tomorrow's breakthrough ideas.
Motorola's 25,000 engineers create breakthrough solutions that drive innovation worldwide. The company has 21,000 patents and was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2004 - Motorola.