SRC donates science equipment to Syracuse’s Blodgett, Danforth schools through SRC/LCS Engineering Tutoring Program
SRC donates science equipment to Syracuse’s Blodgett, Danforth schools through SRC/LCS Engineering Tutoring ProgramFebruary 27, 2009Roberta Gillenrjgillen@syr.edu
Thanks to SRC, middle school students attending the Syracuse City School District’s Blodgett K-8 and Danforth Middle schools will benefit from newly donated science equipment.
SRC, a not-for-profit research and development leader in the science, technology and information field, is providing $6,000 worth of equipment as part of the SRC/LCS Engineering Tutoring Program. The program is a collaboration among Syracuse University’s L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (LCS), SU’s Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public & Community Service (CPCS) and the SCSD that helps sixth- and eighth-grade students at the Blodgett and Danforth schools improve their computer, math and science skills.
SRC President and CEO Bob Roberts presented the equipment to Blodgett and Danforth administrators during a formal ceremony at the Blodgett School earlier today. SU staff and SRC/LCS tutors affiliated with these literacy initiatives were also present at the ceremony.
“SRC focuses its philanthropy on organizations supporting education, especially related to science and technology,” says Roberts. “The SRC/LCS Engineering Tutoring Program is a great example of how business and education can work together to develop students for future careers. Linking with Blodgett and Danforth expands the effort of the ‘Say Yes to Education’ program, in which SRC also participates, and benefits the entire community.”
Now in its third year, the SRC/LCS Engineering Tutoring Program was developed to increase middle school student interest in science and technology. The program has expanded in its third year to include programming at Danforth Middle School and has plans to expand again in future years. The program helps students transition from middle school into high school, supporting them to persist to graduation and in their pursuit of career goals through post-secondary training or higher education. LCS students serve as role models, leaders and friends to the Blodgett and Danforth students enrolled in the after-school tutoring program while facilitating hands-on science lessons.
The program is being piloted in Syracuse with the goal to develop a national model that can be used to replicate the science, tutoring and literacy skills-building effort in other SRC communities throughout the United States.
SRC is a research and development company with more than 50 years of experience in defense, environment and intelligence. SRCTec, an SRC company, provides manufacturing and logistics support for complex electronics systems. Together, through innovation in science, technology, and information, they are redefining possible. The companies work with the customer for the best solution-not the bottom line-resulting in nationally significant, next-generation products and services.The SRC family of companies employs more than 850 people with offices in Arlington, Va.; Chantilly, Va.; Charlottesville, Va.; Dayton, Ohio; Denver; Hanover, Md.; Rome, N.Y.; San Antonio; and Syracuse. For more information, visit http://www.syrres.com.