Contact: Brittany Greer
Executive Director and Founder, Rosie Riveters
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Overcoming the Odds: Rosie Riveters Works With Amazon and AHC Inc to Deliver At-Home STEM Learning Kits to Children in Need
Arlington, VA - Rosie Riveters, a nonprofit dedicated to engaging and inspiring girls ages 4 to 14 in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), is working with Amazon and local affordable housing non-profit AHC Inc to deliver curated STEM kits for girls to participate in hands-on STEM learning from home. Each Rosie Riveters' STEM kit includes the materials to complete six different hands-on STEM projects; access to online lessons to support each project as well as additional learning materials and resources like notebooks, rulers, pencils, markers, glue and tape. Amazon donated gift cards and supplies for Rosie Riveters to assemble the STEM kits and helped safely deliver the kits to an AHC Inc facility.
"Rosie Riveters is proud to work with Amazon and AHC Inc to bring fun and engaging STEM kits and essential learning materials to children in need." says Brittany Greer, Executive Director of Rosie Riveters. "Now more than ever enrichment opportunities like these are vitally important. We can not thank Amazon enough for helping to provide the resources and logistics needed to allow Rosie Riveters to continue our mission to engage and inspire girls aged 4-14 in STEM."
With physical schools closed, the importance of structured yet independent learning opportunities are more important than ever. Rosie Riveters strives as an organization to ensure that its STEM programs are not only available but accessible to the community and these times are no exception.
“AHC Inc. is grateful to work with Rosie Riveters and Amazon to provide hands-on learning opportunities for children in our affordable apartment communities. With schools closed and our afterschool programs limited to virtual interactions, it’s more important than ever to keep students engaged,” said Susan Davidson, AHC’s Resident Services Director. "The Rosie Riveters' at-home kits are a wonderful way for children to explore new ideas and stay excited about learning, particularly in the critical science and technology fields.”
Amazon is donating thousands of high-need items to ten nonprofits in the Washington, D.C. area, including Rosie Riveters and AHC Inc. Items include hygiene and cleaning products, shelf-stable food, school supplies and activities, and other supplies. To learn more about what Amazon is doing to support its HQ communities, you can read more here.
About Rosie Riveters
Rosie Riveters provides a fun space for girls ages 4-14 to imagine, create, and play while developing their skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The organization instills a growth mindset - in STEM and beyond - by teaching girls to delete the words “I can’t” from their vocabulary and inspiring them to always be confident enough to try. Because even if they don’t get it right, they will always learn.
Founded in 2015 in Arlington, Virginia, Rosie Riveters has served more than 900 girls across Arlington and Fairfax counties via interactive STEM programs that are completely free of charge. Programs are in extremely high demand; there are 270 children on the organization’s waitlist in Arlington county alone. Given the program’s exit data, this is not a surprise: 97% of participants enjoyed attending Rosie Riveters' programs, 86% were inspired to further explore STEM, and100% of participants’ parents would recommend the program. Currently, women only make up 28% of the science and engineering workforce in the U.S. Rosie Riveters is changing that statistic. For more information, please visit www.RosieRiveters.com.
About AHC Inc
Founded in 1975, AHC Inc. is a nonprofit developer of affordable housing in the mid-Atlantic region that provides quality homes and education programs for low- and moderate-income families. Based in Arlington, VA, AHC has developed more than 7,500 apartment units in 50+ properties in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. AHC’s Resident Services program reaches 3,000 children, teens, adults and seniors each year through onsite education programs and activities.