Celtics, GE Foundation introduced first-of-its-kind mobile STEM lab in effort to enhance STEM education in Boston and Massachusetts middle schools
BOSTON, MA – The Boston Celtics and GE Foundation introduced the “Brilliant Career Play” mobile STEM Lab to the students at Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School earlier this afternoon as part of the duo’s collaborating efforts to enhance access to STEM training through a lab designed to bring age-appropriate, hands-on experiences to Boston and Massachusetts public middle school students.
Loaded with various STEM resources, the high-tech lab is poised to provide middle school students with access to the tools they need to become familiar with cutting-edge technologies that may inspire them to pursue rewarding STEM careers. The newly introduced mobile lab, which is currently positioned at its first of nine different middle schools throughout the state, was unveiled on the school’s campus by a highly-touted VIP panel that included Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang, Celtics center Aron Baynes, Celtics Team President Rich Gotham and Ann R. Klee, president, GE Foundation and vice president, Boston Development and Operations for GE.
“We’re incredibly proud to team up with GE Foundation to develop such an advanced mobile laboratory that will greatly impact many middle school students throughout the Boston area,” said Gotham prior to the unveiling. “We’ve partnered with GE to make sure we’re as technologically advanced as we can be on the basketball court, and hope initiatives like this can help inspire the next generation of innovators.”
“GE Foundation is shaping the diverse workforce of tomorrow by bringing innovative learning to STEM education today,” said Klee. “Along with our Brilliant Career Lab for high schools, the Brilliant Career Play will reach more schools and more students through both interactive STEM exercises and mentoring. We are proud to partner with the Boston Celtics as an ally in this mission.”
After the unveiling, students and staff moved inside for a school assembly in which Baynes, Gotham and Klee all discussed the importance of STEM and the various careers students can explore on the “Brilliant Career Play” lab.
The “Brilliant Career Play” lab was developed based on the success of the GE Foundation Brilliant Career Lab for high school students. Both mobile STEM labs are part of GE Foundation’s “Brilliant Boston” initiative. This comprehensive education initiative brings innovative training programs to middle school and high school students. In addition, it aims to bring skills training to high school graduates who are not pursuing degree programs, but need additional support to complete career training as well as to teachers to arm them with the skills and support they need to empower and prepare students for innovative digital industrial jobs of the future.
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