Motorola Solutions Foundation Innovation Generation Grant
In October 2013 Hofstra University announced a $30,000 grant award from Motorola’s Innovative Generation Program to create a MathApps Saturday Academy for students in grades 6-9.
Fifty middle school students from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds on Long Island will be invited to participate in MathApps Saturday Academy. The programming, which begins in the Spring 2014, will allow them to work on their math skills and to explore STEM education and career pathways through enrichment experiences with experts and industry professionals. The framework and curricula of the Academy may be used as a model for other institutions.
Since 2007 Innovative Generation program has awarded $3.4 million in grants to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs, in more than 400 schools, museums and nonprofit programs across the United States and Canada. Innovation Generation program recognizes institutions, such as Hofstra University, that foster and support STEM initiatives for teachers and U.S. preschool through university students – especially girls and underrepresented minorities.
Beyond funding the MathApps program at Hofstra, Motorola Solutions will also provide employee volunteers, who will mentor, tutor and share their STEM expertise with the participating middle school students.
If your child is in the 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grade click here to have them APPLY NOW. The application deadline is Monday, January 6th 11:59pm. Please contact Dr. Roberto Joseph at 516-463-4371 or via email if you have any questions.
For additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants programs, click here.
The MathApps Mission
The MathApps Mission
The purpose of the MathApps Saturday Academy is to develop the math skills of minority youth by supporting them in the creation of mobile applications that are culturally and socially relevant. This project is a collaborative effort between Hofstra University and middle schools in multi-ethnic, low income communities on Long Island. The project will engage 50 students in a program designed to strengthen their mathematical insights and abilities. They will investigate topics of interest to their communities, perform extended STEM-related, hands-on projects, and use computers and other technological instruments to foster a deeper interest in mathematics. The overall aim is to provide students with the knowledge and motivation they will need to participate productively in 21st century mathematics, science, and technology, and to learn about STEM majors and future career paths.
To achieve its overall aim, the MathApp project will:
- Create a Saturday Academy to upgrade the mathematics education of 6th-9th grade students from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds on Long Island.
- Teach students to design culturally-relevant Apps that will improve their motivation and ability, logical thinking, and knowledge of technology.
- Facilitate 50 middle school students exploration of STEM education and career pathways through enrichment experiences with experts and industry professionals.
- Pilot a framework for Saturday programming and curricula that can be adopted by other institutions to strengthen students math skills.
Meet the Directors
Meet the Directors
Dr. Roberto Joseph
Dr. Roberto Joseph is a native of Brooklyn, New York; the first in his family of Haitian immigrants to attend college. As a product of the NYC public school system, he understands first hand the need to motivate and help youth achieve to their potential. Furthermore, he is determined to develop methods for transforming education to better meet the needs of society.
Dr. Joseph worked for five years as a high school mathematics teacher and computer coordinator in the New York City Public Schools. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College, and a Master of Science Degree in Instructional Technology from New York Institute of Technology. Dr. Joseph holds a Ph. D in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. He is currently an Associate Professor of in the Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership Department of the School of Education, at Hofstra University.
Dr. Joseph is the director of the Master of Arts Degree and Advanced Certificate programs in Educational Technology. He also directs the New York State Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) program here at Hofstra. TOC is a scholarship and programmatic grant that strived to recruit students of color into the field of teaching. Dr. Joseph has recently received major grants from the National Science Foundation and the Motorola Solutions Foundation to conduct research in the area of game-based learning.
Dr. Joseph's primary research is in the area of Culture in Educational Technologies and Systemic Change in Education. Dr. Joseph has published several articles in these areas. As a Gates Millennium Scholar, Dr. Roberto Joseph is committed to assisting schools in creating meaningful learning environments to answer the future needs of students and society.
Dr. Blidi Stemn
Dr. Blidi S. Stemn is an Associate Professor of mathematics education in the Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership Department, School of Education, at Hofstra University. He teaches graduate and undergraduate mathematics and mathematics education courses in the teacher certification program. He is also the Principal Investigator and Director of the Robert Noyce Scholarship and Fellowship program for mathematics and science teaching, a National Science Foundation funded program at Hofstra University. Dr. Stemn is the math specialist for the Teacher/Leadership Quality Program at Hofstra University funded by the No Child Behind Act to improve student achievement in mathematics and science by improving teacher quality.
His research interests are in mathematical content knowledge of urban teachers and centers around mathematics content knowledge for teaching, mathematics achievement of urban students and problem solving. He is vice president for membership of the North American Study Group on Ethnomathematics (NASGEm), a regional chapter of the International Study Group on Ethnomathematics (ISGEm).
The Application Process
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, JANUARY 6TH, 11:59PM
We are excited that you are interested in the MathApps program!
In keeping with our technological aspect of the MathApps program, our application is available electronically. Our application is divided into two parts: the basic information section and an essay section. We ask that student applicants write two short essays (approximately 250 words) that explain their experience in mathematics and technology as well as describe the things that define their identity.
If there are any questions regarding applying, please feel free to contact us via email
We eagerly await your application!