Engineers Alliance for the Arts (EAA) would like to announce that we received a grant award of $4,000 from Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS). Founded in 2000, EAA has a mission to inspire and educate students about the interaction of art, architecture, engineering, and construction. Using a STEAM curriculum combining technical and artistic components, EAA offers students – over 6,500 underserved high school youth since our inception – the unique experience of working with engineers and designers to learn problem solving, team building, and presentation skills in the design and creation of scale model bridges.

The cumulative experience of the SIP transforms the educational process, promoting a broader scope of academic and personal development. Engaging over 30 schools and more than 650 teachers and volunteers, the SIP culminates annually in a preliminary qualifying event at each participating school – once the bridges are built – and a Bridge Showcase & Awards Event for the top designs from each school. In 2022, the Awards Event was held at UC Berkeley with 40 participating high school teams.

In the words of one of our students: “I learned a lot during this whole experience, and hope to someday pursue a career in engineering.”

As a small, but impactful, nonprofit organization, we cannot do this work without generous supporters. In partnership with LLNS, we will be able to continue supporting high-quality educational programming that enables access to knowledge and information and empowers students and teachers with a focus on furthering STEAM education. Together, we will spark an interest in science and science careers for low- income, minority students, potentially fueling the fire to forge the next STEAM workforce from a population who might otherwise not have the opportunity. Thank you, LLNS!!