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Black Panther inspires Disney to fund a STEM center in Oakland

Sarah Medina

If you've seen Black Panther, you know that a significant part of the movie takes place in Oakland, California, including a scene where the Black Panther himself plans to open a tech innovation center for kids in The Town with the help of his genius little sister. (And if you haven't seen Black Panther, you should go out and do so right now.) 

This week, Disney is making fantasy a reality with a new STEM initiative. The company has pledged $1 million from its Black Panther earnings to help build STEM programs at Boys & Girls Clubs in Oakland and 11 other underserved areas, including Harlem, New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington D.C. and others.

The donated money will go toward materials that expose kids to advanced technologies that stimulate creative approaches to STEM exploration like those related to robotics, 3-D printing, and video production.

"Thanks to Disney's support, we can expand our outreach and allow more youth to find their passions and discover STEM careers," said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.


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