STEM NOLA Awarded $140,000 by W.K. Kellogg Foundation


NEW ORLEANS – Aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs are a step closer to fulfilling their career goals. 

STEM NOLA was recently awarded a one-year, $140,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation – an organization that works with communities to improve conditions for vulnerable children, who can someday realize their full potential in school and work.

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Over the past five years, STEM NOLA, a local non-profit organization, has taught more than 25,000 disadvantaged, kindergarten through twelfth-grade students through hands-on, project-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities.

In a statement, Dr. Calvin Mackie, the founder and president of STEM NOLA, expressed his gratitude.

"The investment will allow us to expand our development team and scale our efforts with a direct impact on the lives of children and teachers," said Mackie, a former tenured Tulane University engineering professor. “STEM NOLA will be able to support the professional development of early childhood educators and integrate STEM-related concepts effectively throughout their classrooms, curriculum and instruction."

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The grant funds will be used to engage young minds through STEM-based learning; and to develop an online platform that facilitates resource-sharing, peer support and additional STEM training for pre-kindergarten through second-grade educators.

STEM NOLA hosts in-school programs, along with weekend workshops and summer camps. Its educators expose students to career opportunities in STEM fields, and help them develop successful communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.


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By Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur, Biz New Orleans associate news editor


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