Best Buy awards FOLK a grant to fund STEM program for teens

Best Buy Foundation has awarded FOLK a Community Grant in partnership with the local Best Buy for $7,467.74. This grant is funding a program named “Codename Gener8”, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focused program for teens starting in January 2016. Kickoff date for this program is Saturday, January 9, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Kingwood Branch Library, 4400 Bens View Lane.

Throughout 2016, Kingwood area teens will be able to attend ongoing monthly classes and workshops that will teach them how to code, model, and create, helping them make the shift from consumer to creator. Codename Gener8 will give them space to learn and grow into future engineers, programmers and scientists. Teens in grades 6-12 will have the opportunity to learn 3D modeling and coding hands-on through the Ultimaker2 3D Printer, Make Wonder’s Dash Robot, and other online coding resources and apps on the library’s set of iPad minis. Check with the library at 281-360-6804 for more information about this program.

As technology becomes more ingrained in our society, it is increasingly necessary for youth to develop the 21st century skills that will set them up for future career success. Yet a participation gap does exist. Too many teens have little or no access to technology and, as a result, they fall behind their peers. As a company, and through the Best Buy Foundation, Best Buy is on a mission to provide teens with places and opportunities to develop technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices.

“We are very grateful for the generosity of the Best Buy Foundation in conjunction with FOLK, which has made this program possible,” said Kingwood Branch Librarian Christi Whittington. Thanks to grants like this, monetary donations from the Kingwood community and sales of used books, FOLK supplies equipment and services that enhance the overall quality of the library.

Kingwood Branch Library’s Young Adult Librarian Kimberly Dyer is excited about the Ultimaker2 3D printer purchased with the grant.