LANSING — The Information Technology Empowerment Center and the Consumers Energy Foundation are partnering in an effort to empower Lansing K-12 students in after-school programs and summer camps designed to increase interest and proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math through innovative, IT-based tools.

The $15,000 grant from Consumers Energy Foundation will provide funding for ITEC K-12 Pathways: Building Tomorrow’s Scientists & Engineers project from June 2013 until May 2014. Pathways activities include after-school classes and summer camps in such subjects as Lego robotics, video game design, and digital filmmaking. The project aims to serve 975 students within the Capitol Region and Greater Flint region.

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The Pathways project will work to increase student attitudes and perceptions toward science and math learning and build demonstrable IT and STEM skills, and 21st century learning skills including problem solving, teamwork, communication and creativity. The project will include focuses on youth in the late elementary and middle school years, a time when many students lose interest in STEM subjects.

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Consumers Energy Foundation is committed to helping nonprofits create sustainable communities by awarding grants in five focus areas: social welfare, community and civic development, education, Michigan growth and environmental enhancement, and culture and the arts.

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Lansing’s Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) is a nonprofit organization that works with students and families in the Greater Lansing area to build excitement for coursework and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. A collaborative partnership between community, business, education, and government, ITEC is making an impact in Lansing by developing the region’s talent. Learn more at