Chronology of the
Hewlett Packard Model for Corporate Involvement
Prior to 1989:
Many HP employees are involved in local schools. However, few organized programs
exist. Most HP philanthropy is directed to science museums, national curriculum
development activities, and teacher training.
Interest in K-12 increases among HP management and employees. First HP K-12 symposium held
in Palo Alto, California. National and local education experts talk about science
education, public policy issues and education reform strategies.
Education Relations Manager position staffed. K-12 Advisory committee forms and uses the
company's 10-step business planning process to define the company's K-12 program goals.
Many employees, school administrators and education experts consulted.
Company increases its K-12 philanthropy investment by $1 million. K-12 program goals
embraced by management. Personnel policy changed to allow one hour of company-paid release
time to employees involved with HP sponsored K-12 programs. Company continues to fund
national K-12 efforts and begins its partnership with the National Science Resources
Center. Second K-12 symposium attracts HP employees from around the country to share best
practices and hear from national and regional education experts.
Hands-On Science Program announced. Hands-On Science is a partnership with the National
Science Resources Center. Six districts receive 3-year $90,000 grants. District teams
attend NSRC Leadership Institute. Science Partner program recruits HP engineers and
scientiststo work in schools and support teacher professional development.
Calculator Program provides classroom sets of graphing calculators and and overhead
projection unit to teachers. Teachers attend in-depth institute on using the calculators
with Oregon State University Calculus Connections Project Curriculum. Program continues for four years, impacting over 400
Five additional Hands-On Science Program grants awarded to school districts. Each
year, new grants awarded to districts as others complete 3-year funding. HP hosts meeting
of Bay Area Hands-On Science Program districts. Portends additional "Hot Topic
Symposia" held annually to bring together HOS districts in HP regions. HP joins DOW, NSRC and Mesa Public Schools to offer a
"Next Steps Institute" to bring together Hands-On Science Districts for
additional networking and learning. Institute
supported with an NSF grant.
additional Hands-On Science Program grants awarded. HP partners with three science museums
(Exploratorium, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and The Tech Center of Innovation)
to provide additional professional development opportunity for HOS Program partners. HP
Foundation makes major grant to the American Physical Society's (APS) Campaign for Physics
to support scientist involvement in education.
joins with the NSRC, ASMC (Association of Science Materials Centers) and other companies
to plan the second bi-annual Next Steps Institute. NSF provides additional funding.
HP-supported districts in the SF Bay Area and near Vancouver, Washington begin working
together to secure NSF
grants to support science professional development.
receives Conference Board "Best in Class" Award for its Hands-On Science
Program. HP sends scientists to APS Science Alliance Institute. Science Partner Program
continues to expand as HP sites increase their partnerships with local K-12 schools. Task
force begins looking at how HP technology can help educators.
Diversity task force formed. Includes membership from several corporate functions: college
recruiting, diversity, philanthropy, and education relations. Group investigates national
diversity initiatives and benchmarks with other companies. Culminates in HP Company
Foundation funding a five-year $4 million Diversity in Education Initiative to support
increased participation by women and minorities in technical careers.
HP expands its Hot Topic symposia offerings as more plant sites have multiple HOS
partners. Speakers include science education experts like David Heil of Newton's Apple,
Dr. Ramon Lopez from the American Physical Society, Dr. Richard Shavelson of Stanford
University and Dr. Larry Lowery of Berkeley. Company employees participate in Net Day to
wire schools for the internet. "Access the Internet" pilot program provides equipment to
Consortium of HP and eight SF Bay Area School Districts receive a 5-year $5.6 million
National Science Foundation Local Systemic Change Grant for K-6 science professional
development and five districts near Vancouver, WA receive $2.7 million grant under this
program. Additional funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Noyce
Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Access the Internet program
continues in partnership with Microsoft. Four grants for Diversity in Education
awarded in the Spring. Middle/High School science program pilot launched in
Colorado.Go to the HP K-12 Education page for further