PITTSBURGH – (BUSINESS WIRE) – The Citizen Science Lab has received a $ 250,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to do its job in providing science, technology, engineering, and math programs for youth and their families in Pittsburgh expand. Funding is a critical component in the creation of a new STEM laboratory in the Hill District and will be a key part of presentations and negotiations with Hill District stakeholders and community partners for the acquisition of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reading Center at 636. play Herron Avenue. The funds will be used for geological surveys, feasibility studies and architectural plans and designs for the new space.
“The Richard King Mellon Foundation has been supporting the Citizen Science Lab since 2017. This longstanding partnership has been critical to reaching students regardless of income, resource, race, academic achievement and, most recently, geographical due to COVID-19. Location, ”said President and CEO Dr. Andre Samuel. “The work and impact of The Citizen Science Lab would not be possible without this partnership. The Richard King Mellon Foundation is a staunch supporter of the work they believe is very meaningful and it is an honor to work with them to create a fairer city and nation. ”
The grant funding provides resources that will enable residents’ input to shape this project and bring them even closer to ensuring that the Citizen Science Lab continues to be an anchor institution for STEM enrichment in the Hill District. The Citizen Science Lab offers unique programs in biology, science, physics, and chemistry, but plans to expand its resources by adding aerial drone programs in line with NASA goals, as well as an innovative greenhouse and chicken coop. Through these expansions, The Citizen Science Lab plans to conduct apprenticeships in food science and distribute freshly grown produce and eggs to residents.
About the Citizen Science Lab
Founded in 2015, The Citizen Science Lab is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that has grown to become a leading city in providing interactive STEM programs to Pittsburgh residents. Located in the Hill District and South Hills area, the Citizen Science Lab provides an accessible space to connect young people with opportunities to improve STEM knowledge, academic achievement and self-confidence. It includes state-of-the-art laboratories that provide students, teachers, biomedical startups, and adults with hands-on insights into the life sciences, biomedicine, robotics, and biotechnology. The Citizen Science Lab has served over 4,000 students from communities including, but not limited to, Hill District, Homewood, The North Side, Penn Hills, Peters Township, and Upper St. Clair.