Support for Schools via LEGO Education & First Book Initiative

By 8/12/2020 07:32:00 AM

To address issues of the digital divide due to the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures, LEGO® Education, CDW-G, Intel Corporation and the LEGO Foundation are working with First Book to build the Creating Learning Connections initiative.

This initiative provides learning solutions to support education during this critical time for thousand students and families in Title I schools in the United States impacted by the pandemic.

Students will receive critical at-home and in–the-classroom learning resources, including internet connectivity, technology devices and hands-on STEAM learning solutions.

Intel and CDW-G are providing a total of $5 million in personal computers, software, configuration services and digital learning resources. They are also providing stipends of $4,000 to each awarded district to address home internet connectivity for kids in need.

Additionally, the LEGO Foundation is donating $2 million worth of LEGO Education solutions to support STEAM learning at home and in school.

Districts will be invited to choose from three age-appropriate solutions to support STEAM learning for grades 2-8:

  • LEGO Education SPIKE Prime
  • LEGO Education Simple Machines
  • LEGO Education Simple & Powered Machines

As part of the grant, underserved families in 17 states will receive support, with nearly 15,000 devices and 7,500 LEGO Education solutions being delivered to 45 School Districts.

The application period ran May 19 through June 5 and 128 school districts applied. Through a multi-phase review process forty-five school districts from around the country were selected to receive grants in the fall.

Schools not selected will receive $500 from Intel for use at the First Book Marketplace to purchase new, high-quality books and educational resources for their students.

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