Dow Promise Grant Program Provides Opportunities for STEM Learning

Students from kindergarten to 12th grade spent a day learning about computers, robots and problem solving through a program put on by the Pittsburg East Bay Junior Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). The 30 students who gathered at Pittsburg High School on June 7 for the Dow Award Ceremony and Program were joined by 15 professional volunteers, including Dow chemical engineer David Parks and Dow mechanical engineer Antonio Love. The volunteers worked with the students to help them develop several STEM skills.

The event was made possible by a Dow Promise Grant, part of a program to help non-profit organizations positively influence African-American and other disadvantaged youth and adults who face educational and economic challenges in communities where Dow employees live and work. Dow Promise support has helped the Pittsburg East Bay NSBE Jr. Chapter to enrich the lives of more than 500 students a year, funding acquisition of computers, textbooks, workbooks, robotics kits, supplies and professional development for educators and volunteers. For more information about NSBE, go to www.nsbe.org.