Community Outreach

The SI is a proud community partner, and our employees share in this commitment by playing an integral role in volunteer activities in the communities where we live and work. Below are some of the activities we've supported recently.

2013 ACS Bike-a-thon
On July 14, members of the SI’s cycling team, along with family and friends, joined together to fight cancer by riding in the 41st annual American Cancer Society Bike-a-thon through Philadelphia and New Jersey. The team raised over $5,000 to fund cancer research and related support programs. This is the third year in a row that the SI cycling team has participated in the event.
The SI's Third Annual Volunteer Day

During June, employees, family and friends volunteered their time to strengthen our local communities as part of our annual Volunteer Day. For the third straight year, events were held in Aurora, Colo.; Chantilly, Va.; Los Angeles; St. Louis; and Valley Forge, Pa. Through these activities, the SI was able to support many worthy causes across the country, including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Town of Herndon Parks and Recreation, Lake Anne Fellowship House, Anacostia Watershed Society, Special Olympics Summer Games, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Variety Club Camp and Development Center, and SHARE Food Program.

Walk for the Wounded

For the fifth year in a row, the SI was a proud sponsor of Pennsylvania’s Walk for the Wounded on Saturday, May 18, at Rose Tree Park in Media, Pa. The walk, organized by Operation First Response, brings together 8,000 people to show support for wounded veterans and their families who struggle to deal with serious health issues and financial challenges. Finances raised from this effort went to wounded soldiers and their families for medical needs, food, mortgage payments, education, job training and more.

2013 Philadelphia Science Festival

On Saturday, April 20, the SI sponsored the Franklin Institute’s third annual Philadelphia Science Festival. At the “Science Carnival on the Parkway,” the SI was one of more than 150 exhibitors offering family-friendly experiments, interactive activities and games to further science and technology learning. Our booth’s theme was “Can You Weather the Storm with Engineering?” and over 350 stopped by to get a better understanding of how weather patterns are formed, the science of weather, and how weather condition affect the flight of a baseball.

2013 Delaware Valley Science Fair
On April 3, the SI sponsored the 2013 Delaware Valley Science Fair, where nine of our employees volunteered as judges. This year's fair featured more than 1,000 students and projects competing in 14 different categories that cover all aspects of science, technology, engineering and math. This marked the third consecutive year the SI has been involved with the Delaware Valley Science Fair.
Black Engineer of the Year Awards STEM Carnival

The SI was a sponsor of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Carnival at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards event Feb. 8 in Washington D.C. We participated at the Patriots Technology Training Center booth, where students could participate in a flight simulator competition led by one of our employee volunteers.The STEM Carnival featured more than 2,000 students, from middle school to college, and 10,000 people in attendance.

USA Science & Engineering Festival
The SI is participating in the "Nifty Fifty" speaker series as we prepare for the 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival. The Nifty Fifty (times 3) are over 150 of the most dynamic scientists and engineers in the United States, selected for their unique ability to inspire the next generation of students to pursue careers in the STEM fields. These leaders will canvas the Washington, D.C., area during the 2013/2014 school year to speak about their work and careers at various middle and high schools.


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