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NCRF Donates $250,000 S.T.E.A.M. Mobile to Encourage Students of Color to Pursue STEM Careers and Degrees

Mobile classroom aims to inspire student interest in STEAM careers

Pomona Unified School District Superintendents, educators, local elected officials and families gathered to witness the $250,000 donation of NCRF geared towards increasing primarily students of color and women to pursue STEM degrees and careers.

“Today is an exciting day for our school because we get to see our favorite subjects like science and technology come to life,” LMS eighth-grader Fatima Garcia said in a speech with classmate Jose Manuel Ruiz. “I want to thank everyone who made today possible. We can’t wait to begin learning lessons in the new mobile classroom!”

The $250,000 mobile classroom was christened during a ribbon cutting ceremony at Lorbeer Middle School. The classroom on wheels, donated by the NCRF, contains 18 Mac computers, coding programs, a gaming center and two 3-D printers to inspire student interest in STEAM careers.

“The arrival of our new mobile classroom represents the kind of innovative tools that we need to inspire the students of today,” PUSD Superintendent said. “We’re excited to be growing as a District and equipping our students with new tools that will stimulate new possibilities for them.”

“We want to connect young people to their potential and ensure that no barriers keep them from reaching their goals,” NCRF’s Price said. “We’re pleased to partner with Pomona Unified to help develop leaders, and today we took a step forward by introducing students to STEAM education that can help shape their future.”

PUSD Superintendents, Miss Diamond Bar, NCRF Staff and LMS Admin at ribbon cutting ceremony

The Program

National College Resources Foundation's Students Think STEAM initiative provides a fun, interactive way for students to learn, grow and get excited about STEAM fields. Our curriculum incorporates the fundamentals and application of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Agriculture, and Math, helping to inspire curiosity and lifelong learning in these fast-growing fields. The state-of-the-art-classroom on wheels program is powered by the “STEAM Mobile” air stream trailer, including a 3D printer, mac computers for each student, interactive activities and engaging instructors. This groundbreaking program is rapidly growing as it brings positive outcomes to students’ performance, academia, engagement and understanding to STEAM.

There are currently over 5 million jobs in the United States and research shows that America’s educational system is not producing enough skilled and trained workers to fill these jobs. Although our “A” in STEAM is to the fourth power, it stands for Art, Agriculture, Aviation and Aerospace. Our Students Think STEAM program creates tomorrow’s engineers and designers, and empowers students to be critical thinkers with innovative mindsets and the ability to problem-solve. This ensures that all students become creators in technology and not just passive consumers. Our mission is to close the workforce gap in STEAM and build America’s diverse workforce and entrepreneurs for the new millennium.

Our Students Think STEAM program helps students:

  • Think outside the box
  • Feel safe to express innovative and creative ideas
  • Feel comfortable doing hands-on learning
  • Take ownership over their learning
  • Work collaboratively with others
  • Understand the ways that science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math work together
  • Become increasingly curious about the world around them and feel empowered to change it for the better

Please donate to help us continue to provide this FREE program to low-resource students. Donate here.

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