The Walt Disney Company has announced a $1 million donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help expand the organization's youth STEM programs and call attention to the skills that are a major theme in the plot of Marvel Studios' mega-hit Black Panther.
BGCA will use the grant to further develop its national STEM curriculum and establish new STEM Centers of Innovation in twelve U.S. communities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Hartford, Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans, New York, Oakland, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. The new centers will provide local club members with hands-on exposure to advanced technologies that stimulate 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.
"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 Disney chair and CEO Robert A. Iger. "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."