Medtronic Foundation and SciFest

Medtronic Foundation and SciFest

July 2022

SciFest and The Medtronic Foundation are delighted to announce the launch of a two year STEM partnership, that will focus on the underserved in second-level STEM education.

A core principle of the SciFest program is its accessibility and inclusiveness. Addressing inequality in access to STEM has been central to SciFest’s vision since its foundation in 2006.

The partnership with the Medtronic Foundation will enable SciFest to increase the number of Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) participating in the program and to provide more support to STEM teachers. The program will impact on students from disadvantaged backgrounds, empowering them to continue their study in STEM to Leaving Certificate and on into third level and beyond. Participation in SciFest builds confidence, fosters innovation and enables students to develop key skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills. These are essential lifeskills necessary to address the many challenges in today’s fast changing world and serve to open up a range of opportunities for underserved students.

“SciFest is excited to be a part of this collective effort to improve STEM outcomes for underserved students! We look forward to working with the Medtronic Foundation over the next two years,” said Sheila Porter, SciFest Founder and CEO.

“Our partnerships go far beyond funding. We bring Medtronic employee volunteers, nonprofits, and communities together, in doing this, we’re able to amplify our impact and create lasting change,” said Liz Lund, Director of Strategic Operations, Medtronic Foundation.

Over the next two years, the Medtronic Foundation will invest $2.8 million to improve lives for over 30,000 underserved and underrepresented students across three new locations. The latest STEM partnerships expand on 13 existing STEM partnerships across Minnesota, Northern California, and Puerto Rico. Each partnership will kick-start sustainable outcomes to address the root cause of persistent inequities where Medtronic employee volunteers have the greatest footprint and ability to make a difference.

About Medtronic Foundation
Medtronic plc is the sole funder of Medtronic Foundation, whose focus is on improving lives for underserved populations worldwide, as well as supporting communities in which Medtronic employees live and give. For more information, please visit medtronicfoundation.org(opens new window).

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