The Ripken Foundation has teamed up with Stewart & Tate Construction to open a brand new STEM Center at Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy in York, PA. A ribbon cutting was held at the new Center, where school faculty and administrators, Stewart & Tate employees and E. F. Smith STEAM Academy students came together to celebrate and check out the new equipment.
Each STEM Center come fully equipped with hands-on learning tools like Snap Circuits, Bee Bots, and Makey-Makey. These tools, along with an emphasis on collaboration and critical thinking shaped productive adults with the integrity to initiate positive changes in their communities. "It's got robotics. It's got circuitry. Kids learn how to program," said Ripken Foundation President and CEO Steve Salem. He continued, "And it's all done in a fun, exciting way that they want to come back. They can't wait to come back. and then from there, they prosper."
To date, the Ripken Foundation has installed 354 Centers in 20 states across the U.S, including 11 district-wide public school systems, impacting nearly 116,000 kids with the help of over 2,100 teachers/educators/mentors.