Boeing on Monday announced a $1 million investment in STEM NOLA to support the construction of the organization’s state-of-the-art STEM Innovation Hub. STEM NOLA’s mission is to make science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education more accessible to under-resourced communities.
STEM NOLA will break ground on the 40,000-square-foot building in New Orleans East later this year. The hub will house laboratory space, classrooms, meeting spaces and new technology to expose, educate, train and connect students to STEM careers and skills.
“Boeing invests in STEM education because it is the rocket fuel that will propel the aerospace industry forward – including our future space programs,” said Ted Colbert, CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security. “These bright, young minds will one day take us to new deep space destinations, including Mars and beyond. And with the help of nonprofit partners like STEM NOLA, I know we’re setting the future generation of aerospace leaders on the path to long-term success.”
Dr. Calvin Mackie, the founder of STEM Global Action (SGA) and STEM NOLA, says the new hub will provide additional opportunities for students to learn the practical STEM applications.
Boeing has contributed nearly $20 million to communities across Louisiana over the last ten years. Boeing employs more than 1,100 people in Louisiana, where the company manufactures the core stage and exploration upper stage of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS).
SLS is the only human-rated rocket that can send the Orion capsule, astronauts, and heavy cargo to the Moon in a single mission. NASA will use the SLS to send the first woman and first person of color to the Moon for its Artemis program.