Brooklyn’s youth nonprofits are given $ 7,500 to assist unfold science literacy

Learn Fresh children compete in a tournament in Philadelphia. Photo courtesy Natalie Sutton

The Society for Science, a 100-year-old science education organization, has awarded a $ 2,500 grant and a $ 5,000 grant to two Brooklyn STEM organizations – a portion of a total of $ 165,000 in micro-grants for 38 community-sponsored programs in the US country.

The STEM Action Grant program, which awards these awards, helps groups historically lagging behind in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education – from hearing and visually impaired youth to low-income school students and female students .

The $ 5,000 grant goes to Tech Kids Unlimited, based on Jay Street in downtown Brooklyn. The money will be used to help students with the autism spectrum gain confidence and improve their technology and computer science skills. The funds are used in particular to support the TKU digital agency, which provides paid internships and in-service learning for young people from the spectrum, many of whom suffer from chronic unemployment.

“Pupils with disabilities are not given the opportunity to promote their interests in IT and technology during their school days. The gap between the potential of people with ASD and the difficulty of seizing opportunities is particularly striking given the large number of people affected. Funding from the company’s STEM action will help us fill this void by reaching out to students who need financial support to participate in our program, ”said a spokesperson for Tech Kids Unlimited.

The $ 2,500 grant goes to Prospect Heights’ Learn Fresh, which sponsors nationwide programs. It is used to support the implementation of a new educational program that uses the soccer game and students’ passion for the sport to pull them into the STEM orbit.

Tech Kids Unlimited’s youth in Brooklyn are working to solve a science problem. Photo courtesy Natalie Sutton

The new program will be part of the flagship program of the NBA Math Hoops group. Supporters of this program include Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings, Rajon Rondo of the LA Clippers, and Earl Cureton, formerly of the Detroit Pistons.

Among the other nationwide youth organizations funded by the Society for Science this year are some girls-focused science organizations, in some cases specifically black and Latin American girls; several environmental groups associated with nature parks and nature reserves; the Intrepid Museum Foundation here in New York; Outdoor groups; a group trying to educate rural families in upstate New York about healthy food; and many more.
“If the United States is to be the world leader in science and technology and to keep up with the rest of the world in innovation, we must invest in grassroots organizations that do the hard work, engage and educate.” Science learners from all backgrounds.

“What I find most inspiring about these organizations is that they identify areas of growth in their local communities and create real change,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of the Society for Science and editor of Science News. “

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