Disney Donates $1 Million to Youth STEM Program in Celebration of ‘Black Panther’

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In celebration of the record-breaking success of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, The Walt Disney Company is donating $1 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).   The donation will help expand Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s youth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs, supporting the high-tech skills that were a major theme in the plot of Black Panther and are essential in helping youth succeed.

“Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is a masterpiece of movie making and has become an instant cultural phenomenon, sparking discussion, inspiring people young and old, and breaking down age-old industry myths,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film, so it’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of America will use this one-time grant to further develop its existing national STEM curriculum, and establish new STEM Centers of Innovation in 12 communities across the country. The curriculum and new centers will serve and inspire kids and teens, with an emphasis in the following communities: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Harlem, NY; Hartford, CT; Memphis, TN; New Orleans, LA; Oakland, CA; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; Watts, CA.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Centers of Innovation provide youth with hands-on, advanced technologies that stimulate creative approaches to STEM exploration, including 3-D printers, robotics, high-definition video production and conferencing equipment. In addition, a fully dedicated STEM expert will offer individual and group support, using real-world applications to help Club members develop their STEM skills and critical thinking.

“From hands-on interactive programs to critical thinking, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is committed to providing thousands of young people with the tools they need to prepare for a great future,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Thanks to Disney’s support, we can expand our outreach and allow more youth to find their passions and discover STEM careers.”

Helping children and teens learn new skills for the future, like STEM, is a focus area of The Walt Disney Company’s social responsibility efforts. The company is dedicated to delivering comfort, happiness, opportunity and inspiration to children and families around the world.

2 comments

  1. The donation is part of Disney’s social responsibility efforts and was made in part to celebrate the dazzling success of the Marvel Studios film Black Panther, a release stated.

    The $1 million donation will be used for both expanding current STEM programs run by BGCA as well as establishing new Centers of Innovation in 12 cities. The technology in Black Panther—which opened on February 16 and broke multiple box office records—played an important role in the story and Disney hopes its donation will further youth interest in STEM.

  2. Thank you Disney for your $1 million donation for BGCA to promote and support STEM.

    I hope our BGCA in Anaheim (Manzanita Park, JMAC Teen Center and Thomas Kieviet Unit) will consider using STEAM instead of STEM. The A stands for “Art”, which basically compliments, enhances and modifies the STEM project, or Science, Technology, Engineering, Math to have artistic component to a STEM project.

    As an Independent candidate for Mayor of Anaheim, I have met many parents that want more technology related activities for their children that are educational like STEM and STEAM. For me personally, I want more choices other than just STEM or STEAM, which are awesome!

    My proposal to schools is to consider adopting my personal proposal as an alternative choice to STEAM called ASPIRE, which stands for Artificial Sciences, Philosophy, Internet, Robotic Engineering. The artificial sciences of course means AI.

    Thank you Disney once again in promoting, supporting and expanding the sciences for our youth!

    Sincerely,

    Fuji Shioura
    http://www.mayor.city and founder of http://www.california.academy

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