The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation unveiled eight new Ripken Foundation STEM Centers in Artesia, NM to serve the kids of Artesia Public Schools. With our partners Devon Energy, Chase Foundation, and Estelle H. Yates Family Foundation, we are helping the kids of Artesia imagine future opportunities in STEM.
Today we have a total of 64, fully operational, turnkey STEM programs in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, as well as a district-wide public school system that includes 33 elementary schools in Oklahoma City. Our STEM program can be implemented easily in any community and requires no set space which gives underserved kids the opportunity to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs.
The goal of this initiative is to provide access to at-risk youth who would otherwise never learn about STEM. “I believe the STEM Center is the perfect opportunity to engage and motivate all students to academic success,” said Sandy Philips, Mark Twain Elementary School, Oklahoma City, OK. With these eight new additions to our STEM program, we are very proud to help continue to ignite the next generation of STEM learners.