One of 188 grants targeting increased STEM proficiency in K-12
For release Nov 17, 2017–The Boeing Company has announced the awarding of a grant to SystemsGo, the Fredericksburg, Texas-based nonprofit organization that provides curricula and training in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education to students in Texas, New Mexico, and Oregon high schools.
“We are honored that the Boeing company recognizes the impact of the SystemsGo STEM curriculum in influencing the educational and career trajectories of our students,” said Scott Netherland, Executive Director of SystemsGo. “We are blessed to receive this generous grant from Boeing which will allow for more schools, and more students to participate in the SystemsGo program. When our program goals and Boeing’s giving goals align, we have a win-win situation.”
SystemsGo is an innovative program recognized for having high school students design, build, and launch rockets. The program was developed at Fredericksburg High School in 1997 and is now used in high schools across Texas, New Mexico, and Oregon.
The funds will help expand the SystemsGo program in areas where Boeing employees live and work around the Metroplex.
Boeing’s goal is to create cradle to career pathways to strengthen and diversify the pipeline of skilled workers entering today’s dynamic labor market. For high schools, that includes graduating more students who are ready to enter STEM related fields. That aligns with the SystemsGo curriculum: career-connected learning, 21st Century Skills, career technical education, experiential learning, and mentoring internships, externships, and apprenticeships.
SystemsGo is the recipient of one of 188 grants provided this year through Boeing’s Our Future: Tomorrow’s Innovators, targeting increased STEM diversity, proficiency and interest among K-12 students. This grant is part of more than $50 million in grants to more than 500 nonprofit organizations across 50 countries globally.
SystemsGo offers a four-year STEM curriculum that features a project-based approach to learning. Students move from designing and building small model rockets as well as vehicles that loft a one-pound payload one mile high. The next level involves reaching the sound barrier. Every spring, teams gather to launch the rockets they designed and built.
The highest level requires students to design and build a rocket that launches at the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range. This rocket is designed to loft a 35-pound payload to 80,000 to 100,000 feet.
The program has been featured on NBC Nightly News, is endorsed by NASA and certified by The Space Foundation.
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries.
More information on SystemsGo is available online at www.systemsgo.org, via email at email@example.com, or by calling 830-997-3567.
Scott Netherland, 830-997-3567, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Dunbar, Boeing Communications, +1-480-891-1801, Lisa.j.Dunbar@boeing.com