Lowe’s, Collins Aerospace and Digi-Bridge Partner to Bring Summer STEAM Experiences to 1,450 Students in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 8, 2020) — Next week Digi-Bridge will distribute 1,450 educational summer STEAM experience kits to scholars in partnership with Lowe’s and Collins Aerospace.


Lowe’s is sponsoring 750 kits to be distributed through Digi-Bridge’s CMS Title 1 school partners. Collins is sponsoring 700 kits to be distributed by Freedom School Partners through their FSP 2020 R.E.S.P.O.N.S.E. Program neighborhood sites they are serving this summer.


The summer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math)  Kits are expertly crafted and curated by highly-qualified CMS teachers. Each shoebox-sized kit will contain: fizzy bag chemistry experiment with art result; blowing up a balloon with chemistry; germinate a seed and grow a herb (CMS school kits); twirly copter, aeronautics project (Freedom School Partners kits); dominoes game with additional math and engineering challenges; LEGOs, including pictionary cards and a logarithm strategy game; face masks donated by Novant Health and all activity instructions provided in both English and Spanish.


“The support from both Lowe’s and Collins Aerospace has made it possible to have an impact on 1,450 scholars in Charlotte this summer,” said Digi-Bridge CEO Alyssa Sharpe. “In what has been a very challenging year for students and educators, we are so encouraged that these students and their families will have an opportunity to continue STEAM learning through the summer.”

Digi-Bridge relies on partnerships to provide STEAM opportunities to as many students as possible.

“We are thrilled to partner with Lowe’s and Digi-Bridge to distribute these at-home STEAM kits to help fill the curiosity and creative void many kids are currently experiencing,” said Carrie Reeder, Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Collins Aerospace. “Increased youth engagement in STEAM activities is a central goal of Collins and has the power to build confidence, inspire the next generation of leadership and strengthen our communities.”

On Thursday, June 9, volunteers from Lowe’s will join Digi-Bridge staff from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Camp North End to assemble the 1,450 kits for distribution the following week.

Media opportunities may be available by request at CMS and/or Freedom School Partners locations. Please inquire for details.

About Digi-Bridge
Based in Charlotte, N.C., Digi-Bridge aims to equip shareholders with the means to foster optimal use of technology in the learning environment, ensuring that all 21st century learners have opportunities to succeed in the digital age.

About Lowe’s

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving approximately 18 million customers a week in the United States and Canada. With fiscal year 2019 sales of $72.1 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,200 home improvement and hardware stores and employ approximately 300,000 associates. Based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports its hometown Charlotte region and all communities it serves through programs focused on creating safe, affordable housing and helping to develop the next generation of skilled trade experts. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

About Collins Aerospace
Collins Aerospace Systems is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. With 2019 net sales of approximately $26 billion, the business has 78,000 employees across more than 300 locations globally. It is one of the four businesses that form Raytheon Technologies.

About Freedom School Partners
Freedom School Partners is a nonprofit organization, which promotes the long-term success of children by preventing summer learning loss through igniting a passion for reading and inspiring a love of learning.

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