STEM NOLA Awarded $140,000 by W.K. Kellogg Foundation
NEW ORLEANS – Aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs are a step closer to fulfilling their career goals.
STEM NOLA was recently awarded a one-year, $140,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation – an organization that works with communities to improve conditions for vulnerable children, who can someday realize their full potential in school and work.
Over the past five years, STEM NOLA, a local non-profit organization, has taught more than 25,000 disadvantaged, kindergarten through twelfth-grade students through hands-on, project-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities.
In a statement, Dr. Calvin Mackie, the founder and president of STEM NOLA, expressed his gratitude.
"The investment will allow us to expand our development team and scale our efforts with a direct impact on the lives of children and teachers," said Mackie, a former tenured Tulane University engineering professor. “STEM NOLA will be able to support the professional development of early childhood educators and integrate STEM-related concepts effectively throughout their classrooms, curriculum and instruction."
The grant funds will be used to engage young minds through STEM-based learning; and to develop an online platform that facilitates resource-sharing, peer support and additional STEM training for pre-kindergarten through second-grade educators.
STEM NOLA hosts in-school programs, along with weekend workshops and summer camps. Its educators expose students to career opportunities in STEM fields, and help them develop successful communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.
By Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur, Biz New Orleans associate news editor