Students Commit to STEM Careers During Virtual Chicago STEM Signing Day

Two Chicago companies hosted a special event focused on the next generation of tech talent, the companies said.

On Thursday, July 9, the Motorola Solutions Foundation (NYSE: MSI) and Boeing (NYSE: BA) hosted the annual Chicago Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) “Signing Day” event to celebrate students from across the Chicagoland area as they made commitments to attend some of the country´s top technical schools, colleges and universities. These students will apply their talents in pursuit of STEM careers in fields such as software development, engineering and user experience design, putting themselves on the fast track for success.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year´s event was hosted virtually, with students signing STEM “letters of intent” in advance. The event was attended by elected officials and included a keynote address by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Forty-eight students from across the Chicagoland area were selected to participate after applying through the Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative, a Project Exploration initiative aimed at addressing inequities in the STEM learning landscape from early childhood to career.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The Foundation achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation prioritizes its funding on public safety programming, technology & engineering education, disaster relief, and employee volunteerism. For more information on Motorola Solutions corporate and foundation giving, visit

Boeing is the world´s largest aerospace company and provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services. As the top US exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing employs more than 160,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Building on a legacy of aerospace leadership, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, deliver for its customers and invest in its people and future growth.