Disney Opening Oakland STEM Center Courtesy Black Panther’s Record Success


Even before Black Panther came out in theaters, the movie had reset the pre-sale records and was expected to earn more than $200 million in the debut weekend. Till date, the film has gone past the $700 million mark globally. It has also received a great deal of critical acclaim from fans and reviewers.

The movie is being repeatedly watched by a lot of people, and it is steadily breaking more records during its box office run.

The Walt Disney Company has decided to replicate the movie’s end by donating $1 million to a STEM Center of Innovation to be set up in Oakland, California. Beyond that, the company will be teaming up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help develop their BGCA’s youth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is a masterpiece of movie making and has become an instant cultural phenomenon, sparking discussion, inspiring people young and old, and breaking down age-old industry myths,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bob Iger of The Walt Disney Company.

It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film, so it’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want,” Iger continued.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America will develop their current STEM curriculum by using this one-time grant, and also set up new STEM Centers of Innovation across the US. The new locations are  (including Oakland, CA) Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Harlem, NY; Hartford, CT; Memphis, TN; New Orleans, LA; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; Watts, CA.

Jim Ciar, the President, and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America had stated recently:

From hands-on interactive programs to critical thinking, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is committed to providing thousands of young people with the tools they need to prepare for a great future. Thanks to Disney’s support, we can expand our outreach and allow more youth to find their passions and discover STEM careers.”

The learners will be able to use technologies that facilitate hands-on and innovative methods of approaching the STEM arena including 3-D printers, robotics, HD video making and conferencing equipment.

Black Panther is currently running in theaters.

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