PBS SOCAL RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE AMERICAN HONDA FOUNDATION FOR ENHANCED EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

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PBS SOCAL RECEIVES GRANT FROM

THE AMERICAN HONDA FOUNDATION

FOR ENHANCED EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

Funding will offer S.T.E.M. Resources to Families and Schools in Southern California

COSTA MESA, Calif. (October 30, 2014) – PBS SoCaL, PBS for Greater Los Angeles, has been awarded a $75,000 grant by the American Honda Foundation to expand its ‘Ready to Learn’ STEM program in underserved communities. The program serves to instill a fundamental understanding of science, technology, engineering and math concepts at an early age.

With this additional funding, PBS SoCaL will expand the program’s outreach to an additional 20,000 youth, teachers, and parents throughout Southern California.  PBS SoCaL will distribute curriculum-based STEM toolkits to parents, caregivers, and teachers through monthly workshops, nonprofit organizations, schools, and local events. The station will also develop additional STEM resources including a new STEM webpage, newsletter content and  production of monthly web-videos featuring STEM themed activities for parents and kids to complete together.

In additional to local outreach, PBS SoCaL will also establish a new Community Mobile Lab at Carson Street Elementary to increase the use of technology in early childhood classrooms. The Mobile Lab will serve over 150 preschoolers and kindergarteners each school year and consist of 10 iPads loaded with educational applications that link familiar PBS KIDS characters with math and science activities. The debut of the Carson Street Elementary School Mobile Lab will take place on November 7th during a special kick-off event and the station will continue the partnership with trainings and support throughout the school year.

“Through grant giving, the American Honda Foundation seeks to develop youth in the areas of math, science, engineering, technology and literacy,” said Alexandra Warnier, manager at American Honda Foundation. “We are proud to partner with PBS SoCaL on its important contribution in this area and look forward to the impact and results that will be achieved.”

“We are thrilled that we will be able to introduce children, parents, caregivers, and teachers to age-appropriate media routines,” said Jamie Myers, PBS SoCaL’s Vice-President of Education & Community Engagement. “With support from the American Honda Foundation, we can continue to assist in closing the achievement gap through digital media, as school funding and services are reduced.”

For additional information, please visit http://www.pbssocal.org/education/ready-learn/stem-resources/

About American Honda Foundation

Established in 1984, the American Honda Foundation (AHF) makes grants to non-profit organizations that benefit the people of the United States in the areas of youth and scientific education, with a specific focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment. AHF engages in grantmaking that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. Since its inception, more than $32 million has been awarded to organizations serving approximately 115 million people in every state in the U.S. For more information please visit http://www.foundation.honda.com.

About PBS SoCaL

PBS SoCaL is PBS for Greater Los Angeles and is dedicated to educating, entertaining and enlightening viewers throughout Southern California.  With its three unique broadcast channels, PBS SoCaL HD, PBS SoCaL Plus and PBS SoCaL World, PBS SoCaL provides award-winning programs like Frontline, NewsHour, NOVA, Nature and Masterpiece, as well as local productions including Studio SoCaL and LAaRT.  Through community outreach initiatives including PBS SoCaL Education, PBS SoCaL provides local schools access to new media materials that engage students in 21st century learning.  Explore the future of PBS in Southern California at www.pbssocal.org.

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