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Eastern Michigan University’s GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology receives grant to support STEM outreach and after-school programming

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University’s GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology prides itself on teaching upper and middle school students a variety of STEM subjects. The AT&T Foundation recognized this commitment with a $ 42,000 grant to support the college’s Digital Divas program, led by the Office of K-12 STEM Outreach, and after-school programming.

The grant will support educational needs with the creation of two 30-minute pilot television programs highlighting Digital Divas, a program aimed at attracting more female students to STEM careers. The pilot series will be available to all Michigan school districts. In addition, in the coming months, EMU will purchase math kits for the afternoon after school and distribute them to fifth grade students.

“The AT&T Foundation is proud to partner with Eastern Michigan University in its efforts to connect local youth with STEM and technology experiences,” said David Lewis, president of AT&T Michigan. “These efforts open the minds of Michigan’s youth and have an everlasting impact on their lives and futures.”

This is not the first time that AT&T has supported EMU with grants. Previously, AT&T provided grants to aid in the programming of Digital Divas and Digital Dudes and Project Lead the Way.

“Grants from companies and foundations like AT&T provide the support that enables EMU to expand resources and services for students,” said EMU President James Smith. “As a result, we’ve been able to modernize classrooms and laboratories, and connect students with research opportunities that make them marketable in an ever-changing workforce.”

“Thanks to AT&T, we are able to reach young students at a crucial time with creative approaches that will help them discover their interests and, hopefully, develop a love for math,” said Bia Hamed, EMU director for K-12 STEM outreach.

About Eastern Michigan University

Eastern was founded in 1849 and is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 16,000 students seeking bachelor, master, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In total, more than 300 majors, minors, and concentrations are offered through the university’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Companies; Education; Engineering and technology; Health and social services; and its graduate school. The WWU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity and commitment to applied education. For more information on Eastern Michigan University, visit the university website.