For Immediate Release
Kaitlin Felsted, STEM Action Center
Bryan Warren, Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK Donation Encourages STEM Learning In Utah Schools
Utah STEM Action Center receives 500 Computers
SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 27, 2017)– Orbital ATK today announced an in-kind donation of approximately 500 personal computers to the Utah STEM Action Center, on behalf of the company’s Aerospace Structures Division in Clearfield and its 3,000 Utah employees. Today’s announcement took place at Horace Mann Elementary where the first 20 computers to be donated were given to students at the school.
“The Utah STEM Action Center, on behalf of our education partners, cannot say enough about how much we appreciate the support Orbital ATK has provided to the state’s students and teachers,” said Dr. Tamara Goetz, executive director of the Utah STEM Action Center. “Lack of access to computers prevents students from experiencing the benefits of online learning programs that can enrich and support their instruction. This donation from Orbital ATK will help us address those gaps in resources for Utah students and teachers.”
The donation will directly support Utah schools and help prepare students for careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), bolstering the Orbital ATK commitment to the Utah STEM Action Center’s initiatives and to STEM education in the state of Utah.
“At Orbital ATK, we believe investing in education is an investment in the future of our community and our company,” said Steve Earl, vice president and general manager of Orbital ATK’s Aerospace Structures Division. “Partnering with institutions like the Utah STEM Action Center to advance STEM opportunities in local elementary schools won’t just have an impact on how we make composite structures in the future; we believe it will help shape the future of aerospace transportation for our society.”
STEM education of elementary and middle school students is vital to maintain a vibrant, diverse workforce and to ensure Utah remains secure and prosperous. Of particular concern are the seventh through 10th grades, when students are most likely to switch out of STEM-focused classes into other courses.
The goal of the Orbital ATK in-kind support is to provide the Utah STEM Action Center with resources to encourage Utah kids to pursue their dreams, explore STEM careers, prepare them to join innovative companies, have rewarding work experiences in almost every sector and see themselves as able to accomplish great things.
Today, fourth grade students at Horace Mann Elementary School use the first 20 of more than 500 computers to be donated by Orbital ATK to schools statewide.
About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s commitment to statewide economic development. The state’s economic vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business environment and tourist destination. GOED provides extensive resources and support for business creation, growth and recruitment statewide, as well as programs to increase tourism and film production for the benefit of Utah residents. All administered programs are based upon strategic industry clusters to develop a diverse, sustainable economy. GOED accomplishes its mission through unprecedented partnerships. For more information please contact: Aimee Edwards, (801) 538-8811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the STEM Action Center
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Action Center works to develop Utah’s workforce of the future by prioritizing STEM education. The program drives research and implementation of STEM education best practices across Utah by coordinating STEM-related activities, creating and coordinating proven STEM education best practices, facilitating educator access to those tools, align public STEM education and higher STEM education activities.
About Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,500 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com