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STEM Coding Lab Awarded $635K grant from Richard King Mellon Foundation

STEM Coding Lab (SCL) has been awarded a $635,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to expand its work in providing computer science (CS) education to under-resourced children in grades K-8 throughout the Pittsburgh region.

This grant will enable SCL to replicate and expand its successful ‘CS CreatorSpace’ program (dedicated computer science classrooms) in five under-resourced schools, providing CS classes during the school day to 1,000+ students.

The grant will also fuel the growth of SCL’s Asynchronous Computer Science Education System (ACSES), a virtual platform developed in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, featuring animated videos and classroom resources, designed to extend SCL’s reach beyond urban school districts.

Additionally, the grant will enhance SCL’s organizational capacity to provide in-school and after-school programs across 40+ locations, reaching 4,000+ children, positioning the organization to continue expanding its footprint in a sustainable fashion.

“We are profoundly grateful for the generous grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation which will enable us to expand our student reach, bridge the digital divide, and create enduring pathways to success for all our underserved children. Our heartfelt thanks to the Richard King Mellon Foundation for their steadfast commitment to SCL and our community’s collective future.” Said Viv Penninti, Founder and Chairman of STEM Coding Lab.

Casey Mindlin, Executive Director of STEM Coding Lab, adds: “This is a pivotal moment for STEM Coding Lab. During a time in which all kids must have access to STEM and computer science instruction, the Richard King Mellon Foundation has yet again proven itself to be a champion for youth throughout Southwestern PA. We are deeply grateful for this generous demonstration of support.”

Read the full press release here.