Thinkery is excited to join NI and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area to announce C.R.E.A.T.E (Collaboration to Realize Equity and Teach Engineering), a new program to inspire and prepare a diverse pipeline of future engineers with afterschool engineering education, youth development programming, and family engagement.
C.R.E.A.T.E. will supply hands-on, interactive engineering design experiences for underrepresented youth throughout Austin, and foster interest in engineering and science for a whole new generation of young learners.
C.R.E.A.T.E.’s fun yet structured curriculum is designed to engage underserved and underrepresented youth in engineering and STEM in tangible, meaningful ways. Through hands-on and play-based activities, BGCAA youth will ask, research, imagine, plan, create, test and improve, becoming proficient in all the fundamentals of the Engineering Design Process, in small-group learning sessions, culminating in a rewarding experience at Thinkery.
“We are excited to partner with NI and BGCAA to provide innovative learning experiences to Austin’s underrepresented youth,” said Andy Bell, chief executive officer of Thinkery. “Learning should be fun, which the C.R.E.A.T.E. program will provide through hands-on, interactive engineering design experiences.”
C.R.E.A.T.E. plans to kick off a pilot program during the 2021–2022 school year with elementary-aged youth. C.R.E.A.T.E. will formally launch at full scale during the 2022–2023 school year.
Watch this space for additional details!