Organization Chosen by Local Staples Associate to Benefit from Staples
The Engineering For Kids Foundation has been awarded $1,000 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a program that lets Staples associates direct donations.
The grants are part of a philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills. The program encourages local community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are highly engaged in volunteering or
fundraising – up to $25,000 per organization.
The program, called 2 Million and Change, awards funds to organizations around the world, reaching more than $2 million in grants by the end of the year. In 2014, associates globally directed more than $2.4 million of Staples Foundation grants to over 1,000 non-profit organizations.
The Engineering For Kids Foundation will be hosting the Stafford Science and Engineering Festival in partnership with Stafford County Economic Development on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016.
The event will feature exhibitors providing hands-on STEM activities for children ages K-8. We are encouraging exhibitors to showcase the careers within their organizations to get children excited about pursuing a degree and career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
Also at the event there will be contests for each grade level, a LEGO building contest, live demonstrations and shows, and an area for vendors and food trucks.
The festival will be held at Stafford Regional Airport and is free to attend.
We are currently seeking corporate sponsors, exhibitors, vendors, and volunteers. Please visit www.staffordsciencefest.org to sign up to participate in this event.
This past school year, in 2015, the Engineering For Kids Foundation launched a pilot of a Mentorship Program. This program pairs high school students with at-risk elementary school students and allows them to perform the hands-on activities from the Engineering For Kids curriculum for free.
Currently, not enough students are graduating with STEM degrees to fill the open jobs in the market. During the next decade, the demand for scientists and engineers is expected to grow at four times the rate of all other jobs. If we spark the interest of STEM subjects early, students are more likely to continue on this path into later years and fill those jobs needed in our market.
The Mentorship Program gives students a different outlook on learning by allowing them to learn about STEM fields from someone who is not much older than them, and also has a interest in these topics. Mentors are there to give advice, provide support, and give the student another person in their life they can rely on.
So far this program has been launched in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania, Virginia. Soon it will be available across the globe.