Microsoft will help fund the Pendergast District’s Builder Bees Makerspace Program.
The program will serve over 5,500 students throughout the West Valley, including Phoenix, Avondale and Glendale.
The district will use the funding of just under $30,000 for collaborative science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) makerspaces with 3D printers to help students prepare for successful future careers.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2029, the need for STEAM careers will grow by 8% with non-STEM occupations growing by only 3.4%.
The Pendergast program’s goals are to develop campus workspaces integrated with relevant technology for students to create and develop STEAM prototypes. Within these designated campus makerspaces, students will use materials and 3D printers to create prototypes of products they have designed to specifically address problems or challenges their teachers have posed during classroom learning units.
According to Pendergast Superintendent Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, “The Pendergast vision is to help students become competent in collaboration, communication, technology and empathy. We call this our ‘Profile of a Graduate,’ and how we want our students to be prepared as they transition into high school. We are deeply grateful to Microsoft for enabling us to make this a reality for our students as they grow and learn in these STEAM fields.”