Faulhaber Fab Lab broadens STEAM education for underserved students

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SSC student instructor Natalie Carrion helps children learn how  to solder electronic components at the Faulhaber Fab Lab.

The Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab, a not-for-profit organization that supports tomorrow’s innovators through experiential learning in science, technology, engineering, art and math, has increased its efforts to open pathways for underserved students.

A $50,000 grant from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation is helping the organization to focus on recruiting student instructors from high schools or organizations that primarily serve low-income communities.

Funds will also be used to provide scholarships for those who cannot afford classes or camp fees.

“Too often children are boxed into pathways solely based on the zip code they were born into,” said Teri A Hansen, president and CEO of the Barancik Foundation. “This work will open horizons into science and engineering for those who dream of becoming an astronaut or building the next great invention, but barriers to their learning have made them feel like it’s unattainable.”

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