As if you needed another reason to love top-grossing Marvel movie Black Panther even more, they’ve turned their attention to helping children have access to learning about advanced technologies.
We might just have a budding Princess Shuri itching to unlock their potential and invent the next greatest thing to help mankind progress, and just as Wakanda shared its technology to the world, Disney wants to let children have the same opportunity.
Disney, which acquired Marvel last year, plans to donate $1 million to the Boys & Girls Club of America so that it can expand its programs on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
BGCA’s STEM Centers of Innovation give children the opportunity to learn from advanced technologies like 3D printers, robotics, and high-definition video production equipment.
Just as the advanced fictional nation of Wakanda revealed its technology to the world in “Black Panther,” Disney is helping the Boys & Girls Clubs of America introduce advanced tech to America’s youth.
The Walt Disney and Co. CEO Robert A. Iger said it was ‘thrilling’ to see how inspired the young viewers of Black Panther were at the endless possibilities of innovation in technology, and added it was ‘fitting’ that Disney celebrate the box office record-breaking success of the movie by helping in advancing STEM.
“It’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want.”
According to a report on Huffpost, the million-dollar grant will be used to open 12 new STEM Centers in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Harlem, New York; Hartford, Connecticut; Memphis, Tennessee; Oakland and Watts in California; Orlando, Florida; and Washington DC.
Black Panther surpassed $700 million worldwide at the box office this past weekend, on its second weekend in theaters.