Amazon surprised students at Mount Pleasant Village School in Brampton with $10,000 in new technology and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) equipment to support the expansion of Makerspace. A collaborative initiative between the City of Brampton economic development department, Sheridan College and Brampton Library, Makerspace Brampton brings digital literacy and STEM programs directly to Brampton students in underserved areas of the city.
“We want to empower our community through free and open access to new technology, giving everyone the opportunity to explore digital literacies,” said Rebecca Raven, MakerSpace Brampton CEO. “We’re grateful for Amazon’s donation as it helps us to achieve our goal of bringing STEM education to students throughout the city.”
Donated items include STEM kits, coding robots and a charging cart, increasing the MakerSpace ability to turn any space into an area for STEM-based learning and exploration. Students at Mount Pleasant Village School had the first opportunity to get hands-on with the technology before the van is made fully available to the public.
“We’re excited to partner with MakerSpace Brampton to help students learn about the STEM fundamentals we use right here in our facilities,” said Anshuman Kumar, Amazon’s Brampton fulfillment center general manager. “We’re glad to have the opportunity to support programs to help engage students that will prepare them for 21st century jobs.”
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Photo: Amazon and Makerspace Brampton unveiled Brampton Library’s new On-the-go van, which will make STEM-based learning and digital exploration accessible in areas outside of the library. Paul Dubas photo