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Pittsburgh Public Schools Receives $1 Million Over Five Years to Support Schools in STEM Programs

 

PITTSBURGH, PA February 18, 2021 –– Pittsburgh Public Schools received $1 million from Howmet Aerospace Foundation to purchase robotics kits and provide STEM to support the participation of eight schools in robotic competitions. The grant, which will be given over five-years, will allow students from Pittsburgh Allderdice, Pittsburgh Brashear, Pittsburgh Brookline, Pittsburgh Langley, Pittsburgh Lincoln, Pittsburgh Morrow, Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy, and Pittsburgh Westinghouse to compete in FIRST® programs.

 

“We are grateful for the investment Howmet Aerospace Foundation has made in the lives of our students,” said Dr. Anthony Hamlet, Superintendent. “As the STEM field expands and becomes a landing pad for many professionals, we are excited to know that through this grant students will receive exposure and education in science and robotics.”

 

The donation also covers professional development, travel, and teacher stipends for competitive play. PPS schools were chosen based on existing teams and interest in creating FIRST teams. In addition to funding the programming for teams, this donation also covers the cost of classroom kits to integrate robotics into instruction for grades K-8 in schools with those grade levels.

 

“FIRST is thrilled for the generous support from the Howmet Aerospace Foundation and the collaboration between the Foundation and the Pittsburgh Public School District,” said Daphne Frownfelter, Regional Director, Pennsylvania, FIRST.  “We are looking forward to being a part of the 21st century STEM learning curriculum that benefits Pittsburgh students and the community.”

 

FIRST is a global robotics community that prepares young people for the future. The organization, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity, offers a suite of robotics programs for PreK-12 (ages 4-18). FIRST’s thrilling robotics competitions leave students with a sense of accomplishment and the understanding that they can do anything with their collective skills, leadership, and confidence, and that their experience will positively impact their future and take them further than any other sport can. FIRST creates the people who will change the world – today and tomorrow.

 

“As a Pittsburgh company, we are committed to investing in Pittsburgh schools so they can provide the children of our community the best possible education,” said Neil Marchuk, President, Howmet Aerospace President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Howmet Aerospace. “With this grant, local students will gain additional opportunities to explore careers in STEM fields, which are in high demand for the future economy.”

 

Howmet Aerospace Foundation invests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach, technical education programs and workforce development initiatives, with the goal of increasing the access of underrepresented communities to STEM disciplines. The Foundation is the independently endowed charitable arm of Howmet Aerospace, a leading global provider of advanced engineered solutions for the aerospace and transportation industries. It further enhances Howmet's inclusive work environment by investing in programs that support diversity and inclusion. Each year, Howmet Aerospace Foundation grants more than $7 million to its nonprofit partners around the world.