NEW ROCHELLE, NY — New Rochelle students will be getting a leg up when it comes to STEM studies, thanks in part to a sizable donation from a company that knows a thing or two about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
This week, leaders from International Game Technology (IGT) and the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle (BGCNR) gathered to celebrate IGT’s donation of state-of-the-art computer equipment and technology to enhance the nonprofit organization’s STEM program. The celebration featured remarks by representatives from IGT and BGCNR, as well as State Assemblymember Steve Otis (AD-91), New Rochelle City Councilwoman Martha Lopez-Hanratty (District 1) and New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Jonathan Raymond.
“With IGT’s support, we are able to expose our members to STEM programming and activities as a complementary resource to our school district to support our members’ academic success,” BGCNR Director of Clubhouses and Secondary School Programming William Iannuzzi said. “Boys & Girls Clubs promote learning and set a high value on education. The support from IGT will support our vision of ensuring every Club member graduates from high school ready for post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.”
IGT donated the technology through its global After School Advantage program, which provides young people with access to technology in a safe, nurturing, afterschool environment. The donation of an iMac, 10 Chromebooks, a 72” Promethean ActivPanel interactive display and furniture will help advance the BGCNR’s STEM Room Initiative. This initiative helps close educational opportunity gaps for New Rochelle youth by providing access to innovative and creative programs and resources that develop creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills applicable to future STEM careers.
“As a global leader in gaming technology, we recognize the importance of STEM programs and commend the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle for introducing the next generation of leaders to key skills and future opportunities in STEM,” IGT New York Account Development Manager Paul Stelmaszyk said. “For more than 20 years, IGT’s After School Advantage program has helped thousands of young people have access to powerful combinations of the most advanced technology and learning resources. This donation to the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle will allow students to continue exploring STEM careers and set them up for future success.”
To learn more about IGT and their After School Advantage program, visit their website.
Find out more about the New Rochelle Boys & Girls Club here.