ITAVA Robotics Campaign

The ITAVA Robotics campaign is helping raise $15,000 to send some of Brooklyn's youngest engineers, beneficiaries of the Foundation's Central Brooklyn STEM Initiative (CBSI), to participate in the World’s U.S. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge Competition in St. Louis!

These students from East Flatbush's It Takes a Village Academy (ITAVA) for Math, Science and Computer Sciences made us all proud as they recently won the First Robotics Competition at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Now, they want to make it to the finals! (Read the NY Daily News story here)

ITAVA's award-winning students participate in Brooklyn Community Foundation's CBSI, a partnership with NYU-Poly, designed to encourage students to have greater interest in math and science. The program, which pairs graduate engineering students with middle and high schools in central Brooklyn to work on robotics projects, has had profound results.

In February 2011, the Foundation announced an expanded partnership to help encourage Brooklyn’s young people to explore careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Foundation's additional $500,000 grant is helping triple the number of under-resourced Central Brooklyn elementary, middle and high schools that employ students’ fascination with robots to engage their interest in STEM subjects. The three-year gift aims to expand the program to 36 schools.

Help make Brooklyn even more proud by getting these kids to St. Louis by donating through our Education and Youth Achievement Fund today.