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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Disney pledges $1 million to STEM programs from 'Black Panther' profits

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 4:26 PM

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With the immense success of Disney's new blockbuster Black Panther, the company has pledged to donate $1 million of the proceeds to help develop STEM programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of America, including one in Orlando.

The movie's imaginary technology is said to have captivated younger audiences and inspired pursuits in the STEM fields. The money will be used to expand on existing STEM programs, as well as creating a dozen new centers around the U.S., including Atlanta, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and Orlando.  Some of the activities in these programs include 3D printing, robotics and HD video production.

"It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film, so it’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want," said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO of Disney.

At first look the $1 million donation may seem sizable, but by Disney standards it's chump change, considering Black Panther has already made $700 million, $202 million of that in the first week.

Disney has yet to release all the details on Orlando's new STEM center of innovation.

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