Google Donates $3 Million To Support NAACP’s STEAM Education Program

NewsOne | February 02, 2020

Google Donates $3 Million To Support NAACP’s STEAM Education Program
The philanthropic arm of the tech giant Google is investing in the futures of Black youth who want to pursue careers in tech. The NAACP recently announced that it has received a $3 million grant from Google.org to support initiatives surrounding STEAM education amongst youth. The donation, which will be spread out over three years, will financially back the nonprofit’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) program. The initiative provides learning and development opportunities for Black high school students to prepare them for careers in science and technology. The year-long program guides participants in bringing their ideas related to STEAM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts from the ideation to execution stage. Students share their concepts in national competitions. Over 300,000 students have been served since the initiative’s inception.

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With the advent of technology, the education sector has revolutionized. From print media to the web, we have seen information getting richer and easily accessible. Thus, it has always made sense to bring web-based learning systems that is inundated with information.Virtual Reality, a computer technology that uses software-generated realistic images, sounds and other sensations to replicate a real environment, is another such technology, which has contributed to big change in the education system.

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Thought | August 08, 2021

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