OrthoCarolina, BWF, Ally Financial Among Groups Investing in STEAM Education
 

OrthoCarolina, BWF, Ally Financial Among Groups Investing in STEAM Education

While Digi-Bridge’s focus remains on fostering optimal use of technology in the learning environment, ensuring that all 21st century learners have opportunities to succeed in the digital age, we cannot run on STEAM alone!

As we close out 2018 we want to give our wholehearted thanks to those who have helped us serve over 2,000 K-8 youth this year and we look forward to what we can accomplish together in 2019.

In 2018 our #STEAMSaturdays programming reached scholars in five Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: Ashley Park PreK-8 (OrthoCarolina Foundation); Briarwood Academy (Arts and Science Council); Idlewild Elementary (Junior League of Charlotte); Montclaire Elementary (South Park Rotary); and Renaissance West Steam Academy (United Way of Central Carolinas).

We’re thrilled to be adding a sixth school next year, Bruns Academy, thanks to a generous gift from Ally Financial.

One of our signature programs, #STEAMSaturdays provides scholars from Title I schools with additional STEAM education opportunities on Saturday mornings. Courses include everything from introductory robotics to making slime. Digi-Bridge facilitators offer a fun and engaging atmosphere to help create and foster a love of learning.

We want to give special thanks to OrthoCarolina Foundation for renewing its commitment to 21st-century scholars by investing $50,000 in “Full STEAM Ahead” programming at Ashley Park PreK-8. The OrthoCarolina Foundation gift will allow DigiBridge to continue its STEAM education program at Ashley Park, a federally designated Title I elementary school serving more students in poverty than any other in the district.

“The OrthoCarolina Foundation is thrilled to be partnering with Digi-Bridge again this year. Our commitment to support STEAM focused program for the learning community perfectly aligns with the proven work that Digi-Bridge brings to life. We are excited for another year of wonderful growth and positive results.”

Digi-Bridge is thrilled to be one of several STEM education programs across North Carolina to receive Student STEM Enrichment grant awards from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF). The Student STEM Enrichment Program (SSEP) will provide Digi-Bridge with $180,000 over the next three years to support expansion of our programming and robotics course offerings.

The additional gifts from Reemprise Fund and Social Venture Partners have allowed us to keep pursuing our mission to help scholars succeed in a technology-driven environment.

Digi-Bridge would like to expand #STEAMSaturdays into five additional schools. Please contact me if you are interested in sponsoring a school site.

How Can You Help?

Digi-Bridge is poised as a changemaker in Charlotte, addressing one of the education system’s most pressing needs and putting real fire-power behind out-of-school experiences that truly address economic disparity.

Digi-Bridge needs your help as we work to #ReachOurFuture in Charlotte. We’ve set an audacious goal to raise $17,500 before the end of 2018. Dollars will support our efforts to continue expanding STEAM programming in Charlotte, by supporting our two signature programs — #STEAMSaturdays and competition programming and robotics:

  • $25 – will cover snacks for a #STEAMSaturdays programming site
  • $50 – will fund “swag” for our competition programming and robotics squad
  • $75 – will cover the cost of competition programming and robotics field maps and models
  • $150 – will buy a Chromebook for a #STEAMSaturdays scholar

We are ready for 2019 and hope you’ll help us #ReachOurFuture!



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