Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) this week announced a two-year program to introduce black male middle school students to S.T.E.M. training and mentoring, thanks in part to a $399,000 grant from Verizon’s Innovative Learning Initiative.
The program will pair 100 students from several school districts in St. Louis with HSSU students, who will who will help to introduce coding, 3D printing and engineering concepts to participants.
“Verizon’s Innovative Learning initiative links two of Harris-Stowe’s key programs – promoting STEM achievement and positively influencing young men,” said Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, president, Harris-Stowe State University. “This program uses mobile technologies and 3D Innovatives to spark boys’ imaginations, providing them with essential skills and the confidence to fully participate in future digital opportunities.”
“The Innovative Learning program provides these young men with STEM skills, creating awareness and visibility into a future they may have never considered,” said Justina Nixon Saintil, director of Education Programs at Verizon. “Our hope is these students will continue developing their abilities and interest to go out and change the world.”