In celebration of the record-breaking success of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” The Walt Disney Company is donating $1 million to 12 Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) across the country. The donation will be in support of their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs for the youth, which are fields that have been a key focus of the Boys & Girls Club. The nonprofit organization provides programs for children with an emphasis on education, future success and general well-being.
BGCA will use this one time grant to further develop its existing national STEM curriculum and establish new STEM Centers of Innovation in 12 communities across the country where youth can get hands-on experience with advanced technologies that stimulate creative approaches to STEM exploration. 3-D printers, robotics, high-definition video production and conferencing equipment will be just a few of the technologies available at the centers. STEM experts will offer individual and group support, using real-world applications to help Club members develop their STEM skills and critical thinking.
The curriculum and new centers will serve and inspire kids and teens, with an emphasis in the following communities: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Harlem, NY; Hartford, CT; Memphis, TN; New Orleans, LA; Oakland, CA; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; Watts, CA.
Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement that it was “thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film.”
“It’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want,” he added.
Black Panther has been a huge hit worldwide with and has already grossed over 700 million USD in box-office collections. It is soon expected to cross the billion-dollar mark.