EDITORIAL:Winning grant would be big help for the CT STEM Academy and SCOW

EDITORIAL:Winning grant would be big help for the CT STEM Academy and SCOW

CT STEM Academy and Spanish Community of Wallingford are up for a possible $10,000 Mobile Beacon Youth Development Grant, after being named one of the top 10 finalists nationally.

If they win the grant, it will be a big step forward in providing information technology that will help students interested in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), especially to members of an underserved public.

The two local organizations have been partnering since 2011 to cultivate programs for students interested in STEM subjects, emphasizing cultural diversity, gender equity and family involvement.

The technology upgrades and cash assistance “would be a real benefit to the program. Having new laptops would help expand the 3D printing program and robotics,” said Chris Stone, director of CT STEM Academy. “… The mobile hotspot will allow us to reach some families that do not have that kind of connectivity.”

Lizandra Mejias-Salinas, client services specialist at SCOW, said the grant would be a great opportunity to increase funding and provide aid to those experiencing financial difficulties due to the pandemic.

The donation would be used to cover participation costs for families, material and staffing. It would assist families and students with in-person, online or hybrid programming.

Mobile Beacon’s stated mission is to work in partnership with nonprofits, schools and community institutions to improve broadband access and digital literacy for millions of Americans, especially underserved groups.

We’re rooting for CT STEM Academy and SCOW to win this grant. It would be a big help, especially during this extended pandemic.

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