From the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County:
Center to support STEM education initiatives; part of $5 million, multi-year partnership with Raytheon and Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County will unveil its new state-of-the-art Center of Innovation, designed to spark military youth’s interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and shape the leaders of tomorrow. Funded by Raytheon, the Center of Innovation will be outfitted with modern technology and will offer full-time expert mentors to lead Club members in STEM projects. Club members will use technology such as 3D printers, high-definition video conferencing and other tools to brainstorm ideas and collaborate on community improvement projects.
This Center of Innovation at Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford – Aberdeen Club, along with five other Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) affiliated Youth Centers, is part of Raytheon’s $5 million, multi-year partnership with BGCA.
STEM education is critical to the future success of our young people, as most of the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. will require some education in STEM. With the high demand for STEM professionals, it is important to inspire curiosity and passion for these subjects among today’s youth – especially those who face unique challenges like our military kids and teens.
In 2015, Raytheon joined BGCA as a Great Futures partner to establish Centers of Innovation at BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations that serve high concentrations of military families. The Centers are being funded through the company’s $5 million, multi-year commitment to BGCA, which is part of Raytheon’s recent $10 million pledge to support military veterans and their families.