The AMETEK Foundation supports initiative that makes STEM subjects accessible to visually impaired students in India
The AMETEK Foundation recently funded Vision Empower, a not-for-profit organization located in Bangalore, India, that empowers children with visual impairment through inclusive education.
AMETEK India requested this support from the Foundation to help make Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects available to more students. STEM subjects typically require visual aids such as diagrams, charts, and models to understand their core principles or concepts. Using technology solutions, Vision Empower is bringing low-cost electronic braille readers to rural areas.
Funding from the AMETEK Foundation will be used to support Vision Empower’s Antara-Hexis product, which combines its Antara content management platform with an ergonomically designed Hexis electronic braille book.
Members of the AMETEK India team are greatly invested in this project, which will help to develop a strong comprehension and fuel a path to pursue STEM careers. A team of colleagues at AMETEK India has been working together to create content for these books, focusing on mathematics and sciences lessons that support the school’s curriculum for 3rd to 7th graders.
The AMETEK Foundation makes a more equitable world possible by funding non-profit organizations like Vision Empower that leverage innovation for inclusiveness. At AMETEK, we understand that the best ideas come from diverse groups of people working together and that the advancement of our industry, our company, and the world depends on improving STEM education and accessibility for everyone.
“Misconceptions in society on the capabilities of visually impaired persons has led to a lack of inclusive pedagogic processes and accessible foundational content in STEM subjects…. Overall, these issues have led to persons with visual impairment being denied career opportunities at par with sighted persons in India.”
This collaboration by the team at AMETEK India exemplifies AMETEK’s goals of social responsibility and sustainable growth. By making STEM available to more students, it will generate a greater interest in these subjects, which will in turn add a greater representation of voices to the STEM field and widen the circle of possibilities for new technological advancements in the future.
About The AMETEK FoundationThe AMETEK Foundation is our charitable giving arm, empowering our global team to make a positive impact in their local communities, working together to make the world a better place.
Established in 1960, it strengthens efforts in health and welfare, civic and social service programs, arts and culture, and education - specifically with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for under-served students.
Through the Foundation's contributions and our colleagues' worldwide volunteer efforts, AMETEK aims to drive a greater purpose for the company and improve the communities around the world.