SIM Cleveland is committed to building and supporting the next generation of IT professionals. Each year, proceeds raised by our annual golf outing and other fund-raising initiatives, are funneled directly into our education budget, and dispersed to local STEM education initiatives.
SIM Cleveland’s education outreach initiatives support STEM programs that bring technology awareness and education to students ranging from grade school through college. Our focus in 2020 was to provide greater support to grade school students, to help build an early awareness and excitement about STEM and a lifelong love of technology.
This year, we contributed $13,500 to education outreach initiatives.
SIM Cleveland proudly supported the following organizations and programs in 2020:
Great Lake Science Center (GLSC)
The Great Lakes Science Center is our newest STEM education partner. SIM Cleveland provided scholarships to 10 grade school students that allowed them to participate in the GLSC virtual “Camp Curiosity” summer camp. These are students that, without the support of SIM Cleveland, may not have been able to participate in this excellent program that helps to foster an early interest in technology.
The following video shows the impact that GLSC programs have on students who participate in them:
And, the links below highligh GLSC social media platforms thanking SIM Cleveland for supporting Camp Curiosity:
RITE and TechCorps Coding Camps
SIM Cleveland has been a proud sponsor of RITE and TechCorps coding camps for several years. The high school coding camp is a full-day, week-long experience designed to engage high school students in hands-on, technology learning experiences. These coding camps provide high school students from Northeast Ohio with the opportunity to learn coding, developing a valuable skill that can lead them on a continued path of technology education and careers. This year, in response to COVID-19, RITE and TechCorps have completely virtualized their coding camps, allowing students to participate and learn valuable coding skills, despite the public health emergency. The camps will be running for three consecutive weeks in late July and early August. Historically, SIM Cleveland members have participated in employer engagement activities with these camps, getting the opportunity to share our experience, watch coding project demonstrations, and offering support and encouragement to camp participants.
Local University Scholarships
We continued our long-standing tradition of providing scholarships to deserving students with technology related majors from local universities. These students have chosen an IT related major and are truly the future of technology. SIM Cleveland was proud to provide a scholarship to students from the following local universities:
- Akron University
- Kent State University
- Cleveland State University
Thank you to all SIM Cleveland chapter members, and to our valuable sponsors. Your support of the annual golf outing and sponsorships for monthly chapter meetings generate funds that are used to play a pivotal role in developing the technology professionals and leaders of tomorrow.