Program Name: Lakeland STEAM Program Collaborative
Award Amount: $398,400
Partner(s): Lakeland Neighborhood Association, University of Maryland at Baltimore County (UMBC), YMCA Community Schools Partnership, MRI Productions, Let’s Go Boys & Girls
Project Description: Exposure to STEAM opportunities prepares scholars for high school and college and allows them to compete globally for jobs in other countries. This commitment to supporting real world learning opportunities has led to the creation of the Lakeland STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Collaborative. Two years ago the Lakeland Collaborative, led by Lakeland EMS, UMBC, and Northrop Grumman, teamed up with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks to turn their recreation center into a 21st Century STEAM and Community Center.
The grant will be used to:
* Deliver a range of programming to youth ages 8- 11, including: a competitive robotics course where scholars design and compete with their own LEGO robot; Technovations Let’s Go Boys and Girls courses; programs in Food Science, CosmoScience and Go Kart Dune Buggy; and, Computer Science and Engineering programs.
* Deliver a range of programming to youth ages 12-16, including: programs in VEX Robotics and Cyberpatriot Cybersecurity; Technovation Girls Make Apps local, state and national competitions; expansion of IRhmye and Channel Me Media programs, and hands on Engineering programs relating to music, video, computer/ structural engineering.
* Deliver a range of programming to youth ages 16-24, including: weekly wellness programs; Hands on Engineering programs relating to community music and video development; Open Makers Space and Electronic Engineering sessions; and, college and career readiness classes.
* Design and implement a program evaluation.