American Honda Foundation Expands STEM Learning in BELL Summer
BOSTON, MA - March 7, 2013 - More BELL scholars will engage in STEM learning this summer, thanks to a new $75,000 grant from the American Honda Foundation. The grant will enable BELL to expand STEM courses in the BELL Summer program for approximately 1,320 scholars across the nation.
"One of the fastest-growing sectors of the 21st century economy is STEM-related," explains BELL's CEO, Tiffany Cooper Gueye, Ph.D. "And preparing scholars for success means exposing them to STEM topics early and often. In fact, research indicates that an early interest in science and engineering is one of the most important indicators that a student will pursue a career in STEM in the future. The American Honda Foundation is smartly investing in scholars' futures by helping us broaden exposure to STEM activities in the summer. Too often, summer time represents a missed opportunity to connect children from under-resourced schools and communities with STEM experiences."
The BELL Summer program utilizes several fun and engaging STEM curricula that introduce scholars to a wide variety of topics through hands-on discovery process, ranging from kinetic energy to ecology, digital music production, and environmental health and conservation. BELL teachers and enrichment instructors weave STEM concepts into "Mentor Friday" field trips, guest speakers, and service projects. The continued development of STEM courses and experiences in BELL Summer represents one of BELL's key programmatic priorities for its strategic plan.
"The American Honda Foundation seeks to develop youth in the areas of STEM, environmental education and literacy," said Alexandra Warnier, manager at American Honda Foundation. "We are especially excited to partner with BELL to ensure all children have the STEM learning opportunities they need to fulfill their potential."
This grant marks the first grant to BELL from The American Honda Foundation, which has been a leader in increasing STEM education for minority and underserved youth since 1984.
About American Honda Foundation
Established in 1984, the American Honda Foundation (AHF) makes grants to non-profit organizations that benefit the people of the United States in the areas of youth and scientific education, with a specific focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. AHF engages in grantmaking that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. Since its inception, more than $27 million has been awarded to organizations serving approximately 115 million people in virtually every state in the U.S. For more information please visit www.foundation.honda.com.