BETA receives Motorola Solutions Foundation grant
Bahamas Engineering and Technology Advancement (BETA), an organization focused on equipping Bahamians with the technical information needed to compete in today’s global market, is excited to announce the receipt of a sizeable grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions Incorporated. Through the grant, BETA will host its first youth Hackathon event, “BETA Hack: Bits and Battles – Where data meets creativity”. The event is scheduled to take place March 15 – 17, at Lyford Cay International School, a partner school. The Motorola Solutions Foundation award gives grants each year to organizations like BETA to help support and advance public safety programs and technology and engineering educational initiatives.
“We are truly grateful to the Motorola Solutions Foundation to be a 2018 grant recipient and believe that this funding will enable us to host the best youth STEM events the Bahamas has ever seen,” said Trenicka Dukes, co-founder and president of BETA. “Not only that but with every program we are inspiring and developing the next generation of inventors, innovators and problem solvers who are at the helm of creating and driving the change we need in this digital age.”
Edison Hanchell, BETA director and program lead for the Hackathon added: “The Motorola Solutions Foundation funding will enable our organization to equip students with the tools to excel, through increased inquiry-focused and project-based learning and through an investigative learning experience. Students will be challenged to use critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork skills to develop solutions to relevant problems that are at the heart of the growth and development of our country.”
This year, the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help more than three million students, teachers, first responders and community members around the globe. There is a specific focus on providing grants to programs that impact underrepresented populations, including girls and women, minorities, differently abled bodies, veterans and others.
“The Motorola Solutions Foundation is honored and privileged to support the work of BETA,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We believe in organizations that are fostering innovation, building partnerships and driving change, and we’re proud to be part of the positive impact they’re making in communities.”