Texas Instruments Awards $5 Million for STEM Academy

has announced a $5 million grant to the to help launch and develop a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) academy.

Appointed by the Plano ISD board and comprising parents, students, staff members, higher education representatives, business leaders, and community members, the PISD Academy Visioning Committee has developed plans for the new high school that combine project-based learning with rigorous coursework and technology integration. In partnership with the district, TI will work to develop a STEM curriculum that can serve as a model for other schools.

Scheduled to open in the fall of 2013, the academy will have access to many of TI's education technology products, which include graphing hardware and software, formative assessment systems, digital curriculum resources, and 3D projectors for classroom use.

"This is the next phase in TI's long relationship with Plano ISD, a district where many TI employees live and educate their children," said Arturo Sanchez, the company's director of education and workforce development. "TI is committed to improving STEM education in the communities where we operate, and this significant investment demonstrates our commitment to North Texas."

"." Texas Instruments Press Release 11/01/2011.