March 15, 2013


Alcoa Foundation’s Grant in Action at Upcoming STEM Enrichment Camp: Learning as a Family

The University of Tennessee’s Center for Literacy, Education, and Employment program will offer the STEM Enrichment Camp: Learning as Family beginning Saturday, March 16, and lasting through Saturday, March 23 at Alcoa Elementary School.


The camp starts at 8:30 am Saturday, March 16, with sessions for both parents and students. Parents will attend a session on the value of STEM Education and strategies for helping their children be successful in school while students will attend their first workshop.


All participants will engage in two family activities that afternoon. Following the kick-off on Saturday, students return Monday through Friday for camp and will participate in unit lessons about chemistry, electrical energy, matter, and engineering. The week wraps up on Saturday, March 23, with another full day for parents and students. An official commencement takes place that morning followed by workshops and a Celebration of Success.


Alcoa Tennessee Operations engineers will volunteer during the week to assist with workshops. The engineers will be on hand on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the 23rd to assist with activity stations. James Davis will be the commencement speaker.


Davis is a graduate of Tuskegee University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degree in material science. He has worked at Alcoa for just over two years. “This camp is unique in that it offers the chance for both parents and students to learn about STEM. Parents will learn the value of STEM education and ways to help their children be more successful in school. Students get to participate in activities that are fun and focused on STEM.”


The Center for Literacy, Education, and Employment was founded in 1988 as the Center for Literacy Studies (CLS). Originally, the Center linked interdisciplinary efforts within the University with practitioners in the field of adult literacy. The Center gained recognition for its work linking theory and practice and in 2005, expanded to include lifelong literacy and support to K-12 education. In 2010, the Center expanded again to include workforce development and supporting individuals with disabilities. The new name, Center for Literacy, Education, and Employment was launched in 2012.


Olga Ebert, Research Leader for the Center for Literacy, Education, and Employment said about the camp, “We are aiming for an increase in the number of children in the Proficient/Advanced range on classroom, district, and state assessments.” She also said, “We are aiming for an increase in interest and self-efficacy in STEM and in the parents’ understanding and support of their children’s learning.”


Alcoa’s Tennessee Operations is the world's largest producer of rolled aluminum can sheet for beverage cans. It has been in operation in Blount County, Tenn., since 1913 and currently employs 1,000 East Tennesseans at its plants in Blount County and offices in downtown Knoxville. Tennessee Operations is one of more than 200 Alcoa Inc. operating locations in 30 countries.


Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000 people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.