Sankofa Global STEM Tinker Workshop Labs Targeted For Inner-City Youth

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Sankofa Global Project steps up its commitment by exposing inner-city youth to concepts in aerospace, electrical, mechanical engineering, and robotics. The Tinker Workshop Labs will serve 2,000 third, fourth, and fifth grade students in five schools within Brooklyn and Manhattan during the National Week of Making, June 17 - June 23, 2016. At the Labs, students will tinker with ideas and gadgets to learn about science in an informal atmosphere. Flybrix, an ed-tech hardware startup is flying from San Francisco to partner with the Sankofa Global to showcase their Make Your Own LEGO based Drone Kits. Makers, students, and teachers will engage in demonstrations on how to make their own drones with Flybrix for hands­-on robotics and engineering experience.


In January, Tracy Gray, Founder and President of The Sankofa Global Project attended the I Have a Dream Workshop on Inclusive Youth Entrepreneurship in partnership with the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative and the White House Council on Women and Girls (CWG), hosted by The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Student Dream, a youth entrepreneurship nonprofit. At the workshop, the Obama Administration issued A Call to Action to Expand High-Quality STEM-Education Opportunities for All Students. Ms. Gray answered the call by submitting Sankofa Global’s Education Program which was announced in the official release of the White House Fact Sheet as one of the commitments to expand STEM Learning for young learners nationwide.


In a recent Huff Post article highlighting The Sankofa Global Project, New York State Kevin S. Parker of Brooklyn remarked, “Ms. Gray is an innovative educational leader who has brought endless opportunities for students throughout the city, including my district. Her initiative offers many students an amazing opportunity to grow and learn about jobs within the technological field, that without the program, may not have been offered to them. Ms. Gray is breeding a generation of children who will be confident, knowledgeable and prepared on how to effectively be innovators within the technology field, no matter their race or gender and for that she deserves to be recognized.” .


Sankofa Global’s team of educators, engineers, and entrepreneurs have established an education program that creates measurable steps that organizations and communities can take to support effective STEM learning. Sankofa Global plans to scale its education program to ten U.S. cities in the next five years. With a focus on exposing more students to STEM based topics, we aim to expand career opportunities to underrepresented groups - youth, adults, and people of color, to succeed in the STEM-based technical fields.


Play-Well Teknologies  will also join  Sankofa Global’s Tinker Workshop Labs. In Play-Well's Engineering with LEGO® enrichment programs, kids take on real-life challenges by exploring concepts in physics, architecture, and mechanical and structural engineering with over 20,000 LEGO’sⓇ Students will find inventive solutions in a fun-filled context that supports the growth of young minds through hands-on, minds-on learning.


The Sankofa Global Project is very proud and honored to partner with the Senator Kevin S. Parker and *Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy for the Tinker Workshop Labs. Con Edison, Materials for the Arts, Saifee Hardware, and Jamali Garden are the Tinker Workshop Labs first sponsors!


For more information, contact Sheri Robertson, Media Specialist and Education Consultant for Sankofa Global (917) 940-7944


For updates on The Tinker Workshop Labs:

Twitter: Tracy L Gray: @tracygrayhair    Sankofa Global: @ReachBackGetIt         Facebook: Sankofa Global


*Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy 501(c)3 serves as Fiscal Sponsor for The Sankofa Global Project
















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