Citizen Science Lab receives $ 300,000 grant from Eden Hall Foundation for SeaPerch program
PITTSBURGH – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –The Citizen Science Lab, a nonprofit organization that provides STEM education to underprivileged youth in Pittsburgh, received a $ 300,000 grant from the Eden Hall Foundation to enhance its SeaPerch program. This one-year program offers middle and high school students the opportunity to learn robotics, engineering, science, teamwork, and problem-solving skills while building a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) and by traversing it through obstacle courses. These skills prepare students for the international end-of-year competition, where they are rewarded based on the design and capabilities of their ROV. The Citizen Science Lab leads the region’s largest African-American SeaPerch team.
Teresa Grande, science teacher at the Urban Academy of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School, saw firsthand the impact of the Citizen Science Lab: “SeaPerch encourages and inspires young people who are fortunate enough to participate. The most rewarding part of SeaPerch has been watching my students’ interest in STEM spread throughout the classroom and seeing my young daughters develop a genuine love of science! “
This grant expands accessibility for families within the community by allowing transportation of students from participating schools to Citizen Science Lab locations. It also supports the delivery of the SeaPerch program to high school students, allowing the Citizen Science Lab to maintain SeaPerch’s high retention rate for students moving from middle school to high school. The goal is for students to pursue studies in robotics and engineering, thereby increasing the number of STEM professionals.
With your support, the Citizen Science Lab can continue to provide equitable access to STEM opportunities for the next generation of Pittsburgh innovators. To donate, visit: https://www.thecitizensciencelab.org/donate.
About the Citizen Science Laboratory
Founded in 2015, the Citizen Science Lab is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that has grown to become a city leader in providing interactive STEM programs to residents of Pittsburgh. Located in the Hill District and South Hills area, the Citizen Science Lab provides an accessible space to connect young people with opportunities to increase their STEM knowledge, academic success and self-confidence. It integrates cutting-edge labs that provide hands-on exposure to life sciences, biomedical sciences, robotics, and biotechnology for students, educators, biomedical startups, and adults. The Citizen Science Lab has served over 4,000 students from communities including, but not limited to, Hill District, Homewood, The North Side, Penn Hills, Peters Township, and Upper St. Clair.