Samsung has provided a $50,000 technology grant to a school in Newark, New Jersey, to help inspire more girls to work in tech.
The grant has been given to the Peshine Avenue Elementary School to increase access to tools for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The announcement was made at a final showcase event for the emPOWER Tomorrow program, where speakers discussed the importance of engaging girls in STEM projects.
David Steel, executive VP at Samsung, said: “At Samsung, we believe that engaging youth in science, technology, engineering and maths is critical to ensuring that tomorrow’s leaders are interested in and prepared for some of the careers that lay ahead.
“We have seen tremendous results from the emPOWER Tomorrow pilot programs, and we’re looking forward to watching Peshine Avenue Elementary School continue to build on that success.”
The program is also part of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow initiative, which aims to engage students in active STEM learning.
Since 2010, the firm has invested more than $17 million in support of STEM projects.
This news comes after CompTIA’s senior VP for industry relations, Nancy Hammervik revealed only only nine per cent of girls want a career in IT.
Sarah Shields, Dell’s UK executive director and general manager, also hopes to put the girl in geek and inspire more women to join the industry.