Time2Give and APS Present to Winners of the $60K 3D-Printing STEM Lab Grant
Time2Give and MyStemKits CEO, Laron Walker, together with Atlanta Public Schools, announced the four winners that will each be receiving a $15,000 STEM 3D-printing lab
The grant recipients announced were Boyd Elementary School, Crawford W. Long Middle School, Booker T. Washington High School and the Afterschool STEM Programming at the Sanders Family YMCA. In coordination with Atlanta Public Schools, the winners were presented with their new 3D printing STEM Lab Packages Thursday.
"When Mr. Walker reached out to determine if APS would be interested in receiving free STEM labs for three of our schools, I was overjoyed. Literally. Our schools are constantly trying to find innovative ways to serve our children but funding can sometimes be a hindrance," said Amber Stewart, APS Partnerships Manager. "We are thrilled to have an opportunity to work closely with Time2Give and MyStemKits to provide cutting-edge technology for our students to explore STEM concepts. These partnership efforts are game changers for our students and we couldn't be more humbled by the fact that Mr. Walker himself is an alum of APS and has a heart to give back. We are so grateful for support like this that helps us get closer and closer to achieving our mission of graduating all students ready for college and career."
Time2Give CEO and APS Alum, Walker said, "I know from personal experience how impactful programs like STEM can be to kids who might not otherwise have access to meaningful education tools. In the end, we all benefit."
Each grant package awarded included two Dremel 3D printers, 3D printer filament, MyStemKits.com 3D manipulative and curriculum access for two years, $500 of kit supplies, training from the MyStemkits team, and ongoing mentorship for the school/organization. The grants were awarded to one APS elementary, one middle, one high school and one extended day program with each winner receiving a $15,000 STEM 3D-printing lab.
As an APS graduate, Walker wanted the APS school system to be the first grant recipient district and is hoping that this grant, and the partnerships that make it possible, can come together as a sustainable STEM Lab program that can eventually be scaled throughout Georgia, and then nationwide.
About Time2Give, Inc.
Time2Give, Inc. is a 501(c)3 founded in 2004 with a mission to provide sustainable STEM based education support for K-12 schools and organizations. It was founded in 2004 by Laron Walker with the original mission to reach back and support kids needing book scholarships for college. In 2016, the focus was shifted to STEM education to align with the founder's passion and to increase impact in our communities.
MyStemKits.com is dedicated to equipping today's students with the skills needed in tomorrow's workforce. A team of educators, innovators, parents, and technology specialists, MyStemKits is committed to making affordable, quality education available to all by using some of the most cutting-edge technology available; redefining 3D printing and giving it a clear purpose in the math and science classroom. Whether teaching in a traditional classroom, guiding children during homeschooling, coordinating an afterschool program, or running a STEM camp, MyStemKits is lowering barriers and raising potentials. Visit www.mystemkits.com for more information or follow and engage in the conversation on twitter @mystemkits and facebook.com/
About Atlanta Public Schools
Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 52,000 students across 88 schools. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 67 traditional schools, 17 charter schools, two citywide single-gender academies and two alternative programs. For more information, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/
Kevin Pratt, II