MIT Lincoln Laboratory is among the 23 recipients of a 2010 Tech Citizenship Award presented by Mass High Tech to technology companies and organizations that provide substantial support to schools, nonprofits and charities through educational outreach, fundraising events or community giving.
Lincoln Laboratory was recognized for its strong community-outreach program, a significant portion of which is focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for students in kindergarten to high school. In the past year, more than 10,000 students from the region have enjoyed science and technology presentations given by technical staff members either at local schools or at the Laboratory.
In the 2009-10 school year, volunteers in the robotics outreach program mentored eight teams that participated in For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) robotics competitions. The Laboratory participates in four educational outreach programs coordinated by MIT’s Office of Engineering Outreach Programs to reach out to students in underserved communities. In 2010, staff members gave approximately 5,250 volunteer hours to the Laboratory’s 19 educational programs for K-12 students.
The outreach program also includes 10 charitable giving initiatives. These projects include the long-running Support Our Troops program that collects snack items, books, movies and toiletries and packages them each week for mailing to U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan; the annual Hike and Bike the Berkshires fundraiser that this year brought in more than $15,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, earning for the Laboratory the New England MS chapter’s designation “#1 Corporate Team”; food and clothing drives; and the Memory Walk that brought in $13,000 in pledges for the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.