Kids all over the country will soon have robots, 3-D printers and other resources to inspire them to develop super-technology like T’Challa’s sister Shuri in “Black Panther.”
Thanks to the record-breaking success of “Black Panther,” Disney will donate $1 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s STEM programs, according to a news release from the company.
“Black Panther,” which so far has grossed $704 million, utilizes technology as a major theme in the movie. Another theme: helping underprivileged populations.
These two themes converge in this donation: The Boys & Girls Clubs of America will use the money to develop its existing national STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum and establish more STEM Centers of Innovation in 12 communities around the country, according to Disney.
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While it’s a bit of a stretch that the kids will create a real-life version of Shuri’s self-lacing shoes or shock-absorbing (and bulletproof) Black Panther suit, the money will provide the tools to inspire them to explore and play with technology.
These centers provide children with “hands-on, advanced technologies that stimulate creative approaches to STEM exploration,” such as 3-D printers and robots, as well as a dedicated STEM expert who offers kids support, both in individual and group settings, to help develop critical-thinking and STEM skills, the release said.
In California, the centers will be installed in Watts and Oakland. Nationally, there will be centers in Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, Harlem, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Orlando, Memphis, and Hartford, Conn.
“Thanks to Disney’s support, we can expand our outreach and allow more youth to find their passions and discover STEM careers,” said Jim Clark, the president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, in the release.
“Black Panther” had the fifth highest domestic opening weekend of all time and the biggest February debut ever.