Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) January 29, 2009
The Weather Channel Interactive (TWCi) has announced a partnership with the National Science & Technology Education Partnership (NSTEP) to fund local mentoring and tutoring programs with prize money won from a recent Google-sponsored technology development contest. TWCi will fund programs that will enable Atlanta students to register with NSTEP's TechXplore mentoring program and Study Buddy math tutoring homework assistance program. Parents and teachers are encouraged to register their local middle and high school for participation in the programs at http://www.nstep-online.org.
The Weather Channel Mobile team chose to donate its $25,000 cash prize received as a semifinalist in a recent Android mobile application contest. Ultimately, The Weather Channel team selected NSTEP as the recipient to support NSTEP's goal of promoting achievement in science, math and technology at local middle and high schools.
The Weather Channel for Android weather application was selected as one of the Top 50 applications in Google's Android Developer Challenge, an international developer contest launched in January to inspire the creation of applications to "surprise and delight" mobile users. The Weather Channel application was selected as a semifinalist from 1,788 developer entries from more than 70 countries.
The $25,000 cash donation will fund participation in NSTEP's Study Buddy online math tutoring and homework assistance program and its TechXplore virtual mentoring program. The Study Buddy program offers free peer-to-peer tutoring to support middle and high school students in pre algebra, algebra 1 and 2 and geometry. The NSTEP Study Buddy program connects volunteer high school math honor student tutors with struggling math students over the Internet, using specially designed programs that allow for easy collaboration. Through TechXplore, NSTEP matches technology professionals with teams of middle and high school students to help young people become passionate about science and technology. Technology professionals including scientists, mathematicians and engineers can volunteer as mentors to work with student teams by visiting http://www.nstep-online.org.
"The Weather Channel won this prize for developing cutting-edge mobile technology. Supporting NSTEP's efforts to develop the next generation of science and technology leaders is a fitting way to invest in the future," said Louis Gump, vice president, mobile, The Weather Channel Interactive. "As an Atlanta-based company, we take pride in this opportunity to direct these funds to support local students."
"We are extremely pleased to receive the $25,000 donation from The Weather Channel Interactive, which will enable us to bring Study Buddy and TechXplore to over 500 students in the Atlanta area" said Peter McCloskey, president of NSTEP.
The Weather Channel is targeting its support to metro Atlanta schools or groups that register to take part in the Study Buddy or TechXplore programs. Registration for TechXplore is ongoing through the month of January. Registration for Study Buddy is happening right now and tutors are available to help. Interested parents and teachers can get more information and register their schools at http://www.nstep-online.org.
The National Science & Technology Education Partnership (NSTEP) was originally established in 1977 as the Electronics Industry Foundation. It looks to harness the power, interest and good will of the electronics industry for the advancement of science and technology education in America's classrooms. The industry recognizes this country's declining math and science test scores and wishes to be part of the solution.
About The Weather Channel Interactive
The Weather Channel Interactive (TWCI) is the leading provider of broadband and wireless weather products including weather.com, The Weather Channel Desktop and The Weather Channel Mobile. weather.com, the Web site of The Weather Channel, is the ultimate source of weather on the Web helping users plan their lives by delivering timely current conditions, expert forecasts and relevant lifestyle content for 98,000 location IDs worldwide. TWCI reaches more than 35 million unique users online each month and is the most popular source of online weather, news and information according to Nielsen//NetRatings. TWCI also provides consumers with unique and customizable products such as Desktop Weather, toolbars, extensions, widgets, gadgets, and a full lineup of mobile services including downloads, messaging, mobile Web, and mobile video. Other TWCi sites include forGetaway.com, a vacation home rental site, Forecast Earth, a site dedicated to the discussion of climate change, and a series of international sites, including http://www.weather.co.uk, http://www.meteo123.com, http://www.wetter123.com, http://www.canaldotempo.com and http://www.weather.com/espanol.
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The National Science & Technology Education Partnership (NSTEP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization focused on improving math, science and technology education in the nation's schools. Its innovative programs couple volunteers with technology to achieve its goal of exciting young students about the potential of careers in science and technology, and giving them the tools they will need to succeed.