2016 APAF Global Symposium
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A widely recognized characteristic of the APA community is our particular focus on education. It’s been acknowledged that Asian Americans are the best-educated group in the U.S.

This year, we’re raising funds at the Symposium to benefit children in the second grade at two local elementary schools. The purpose is to get students excited about engineering in particular and STEM in general so that they’ll pursue undergraduate degrees in STEM fields.

We’re raising funds via two methods:
The goal is to raise $35,000 from Symposium participants. The funds will directly go to iSPACE, a local registered charity (501c(3) organization), to help meet the LEGO IGNITE program’s annual budget which enables them to purchase the necessary materials for the classroom.

The non-profit organization, iSPACE, serves Greater Cincinnati Region by providing engaging Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs to schools, families and the community. iSPACE programs are aligned with national and state educational standards and complement teaching curricula but reach beyond the classroom setting to spark curiosity and inspire interest in STEM.

For more information, please visit http://ispacescience.org/.


The program being piloted by iSPACE at two local elementary schools is called IGNITE Grant LEGO program. The program engages the students about once a week, for about an hour with iSPACE staff or GE volunteers and uses Legos to teach the students about physics and engineering.

Next year, iSPACE will follow the same batch of roughly 130 students to third grade, then to fourth grade and on till the end of the sixth grade. The overall purpose of the program is to enable children to pursue STEM education in high school and beyond through the early and consistent introduction of principles of physics and engineering via LEGO program.

Silent Auction Details

The silent auction runs from Monday, 17th October to Tuesday, 25th October 2016.
The silent auction is run through 32auctions. New users will need to register on the site:
Registrants will be able to bid via link above as well as through the mobile app.

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Silent auction item winners will be contact directly by Cameron Ehteshami (cameronk.ehteshami@ge.com ) and Rajiv Mammen (rajiv.mammen@ge.com) to arrange pick-up and payment.

Claiming your Item
We’ll verify your winning bid at the fundraising table at the Symposium. Physical items such as gift baskets and gift cards will be available at the fundraising table for pick-up by silent auction item winners.

The “Lunch with Leader” items are typically four spaces for lunch with a leader. The location of the event is identified within the description and winners are expected to be the same location as the event. The organizers will assist with scheduling the lunches with the leaders.

Direct Appeal

Multiply the impact of your donation: Turn $50 into $150.
We’re launching an appeal for direct donations to iSPACE. You can use the link via the Symposium mobile app or you can donate directly to iSPACE via credit card through the link below:

GE Foundation Match
GET THE MATCH: The GE Foundation will match employee contributions totaling $25 or more.
After your donation, submit it for a match at the following site:

You can search for the organization iSPACE in the State of Ohio in the GE Foundation search tool.

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iSPACE Matching Grant
Now is a great time to donate as iSPACE also has a matching grant challenge. An iSPACE board member will match contributions received between now and the end of October.

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