The Lemelson-MIT Program has announced the 16 high schools that will be participating in the 2007-08 InvenTeams, a national grants initiative to encourage high school students to become more engaged in science, math, technology, and engineering through problem-solving and inventions. The project is funded with grants of up to $10,000 to each school from the Lemelson Foundation, a Cambridge, Mass.-based philanthropy that supports inventors and entrepreneurs. The recipients are:
California: Troy High School, Fullerton.
District of Columbia: Sidwell Friends School.
Georgia: Hiram High School, Hiram.
Illinois: University of Chicago Laboratory School, Chicago.
Maryland: Charles Herbert Flowers High School, Springdale.
Massachusetts: Gann Academy, Waltham; Rockport High School, Rockport.
Michigan: Farmington Harrison High School, Farmington Hills.
Minnesota: Great River School, St. Paul; Saint Thomas Academy, Mendota Heights.
New York: Saratoga Springs High School, Saratoga Springs.
Oregon: Oregon Episcopal School, Portland.
Texas: Edgewood Fine Arts Academy, San Antonio.
Washington: West Valley High School, Spokane.
Wisconsin: Brillion High School, Brillion.
The Miami, Fla.-based division of ASPIRA, a national nonprofit that works to promote Puerto Rican and Latino youth leadership through education, has received $7.4 million in a multi-partnership investment for facility renovation and construction at a low-income charter middle school in Miami. This $7.4 million loan was contributed as a New Markets Tax Credit program through the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund and facilitated with tax credits for the financing by the Florida Community Loan Fund.