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UT Elementary Works with Dell to Enhance Tech Learning

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The University of Texas Elementary School has received a 2012 Dell Powering the Possible grant to support the expansion and enhancement of the school’s science and technology curriculum. The grant is for $80,000.

Now in its 10th year of operation, UT Elementary is firmly established as a research-based demonstration school in the heart of East Austin. The partnership with Dell Powering the Possible will allow the school to employ a full-time science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) instructor.

UT Elementary students

Dell’s grant expands and enhances the science and technology curriculum serving UT Elementary’s 304 students.

The STEM instructor will implement cutting-edge, hands-on technology instruction for the school’s 304 students. Thousands of other students will benefit from online learning modules through Hands-on-Science, an online learning system designed to support professional development and excellence in science teaching at the elementary school level.

“Our STEM instructor now has the resources necessary to really engage each of our students in an immersive technology curriculum,” says Melissa Chavez, UT Elementary’s principal. “This is critical in preparing our students for the future.”

In addition to funding, Dell will provide UT Elementary with the volunteer services of a local Dell champion, a Dell employee who will manage employee engagement opportunities with other local Dell team members.

“We know technology can do a world of good, and we are thrilled to be working with UT Elementary to help them further their overall mission,” says Trisa Thompson, Dell’s vice president of corporate responsibility.

UT Elementary is operated by The University of Texas at Austin as an open-enrollment campus, free to East Austin students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, with a lottery-based admission system. The school employs scientifically based research and best teaching practices, and draws upon a variety of intellectual resources available at the university.

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