October, 2010To motivate kids to take interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), AT&T* will sponsor the USA Science and Engineering Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on October 23rd and 24th. According to a new report by the President's Council of Advisers in Science and Technology, the U.S. has extraordinary STEM assets that could be leveraged to revitalize student interest and increase proficiency in STEM subjects and, ultimately, promote jobs and economic renewal.
The festival, also supported by a Department of Energy grant, is designed to promote sustainability as an overarching theme - exposing children and families to new technologies that are strengthening communities, building careers, and stimulating economic growth.
"The USA Science and Engineering Festival is about connecting young minds with today's technologies and inspiring kids to imagine the innovations of tomorrow," said Charlene Lake, senior vice president of public affairs and chief sustainability officer, AT&T. "This is one very important opportunity to enhance learning among the next generation of engineers, scientists and leaders. It's their ideas that will benefit our communities as well as our business."
AT&T will feature our Eco Booth where event-goers can charge their devices using renewable energy generated by the wind turbine and solar panels on top of the booth. The new AT&T ZERO charger will also be on display to allow participants to explore energy saving devices while they interact with iPads and iPhones to test out apps.
AT&T Continues Education Efforts in More than 20 States
AT&T is also the sponsor of the Festival's Satellite Events Program which features 50 satellite events taking place in more than 20 states. These satellite events offer opportunities to connect with customers and communities to share AT&T's commitment to STEM and sustainability initiatives. For more information about when and where these events will be taking place, please visit http://www.usasciencefestival.org/satellite-event-directory.
AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. As part of its commitment, AT&T launched AT&T Aspire in April 2008, a $100 million multi-year education initiative to improve high school retention rates and prepare the next generation of U.S. workers. AT&T Aspire is also the largest and most significant investment in education in the company's history.
AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have also given nearly $80 million to support STEM initiatives since 1995. Projects supported by AT&T contributions range from STEM scholarship programs and science/math focused summer camps for at risk youth to hands-on technology labs and elite robotics competitions at the nation's leading universities.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
About Philanthropy at AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T has a long history of supporting projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2009, more than $155 million was contributed through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.
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