Oakland STEM Center To Open, Due In Part To 'Black Panther' Success

February 26, 2018
Chadwick Boseman and Florence Kasumba in "Black Panther"

Chadwick Boseman and Florence Kasumba in "Black Panther" (Photo credit: Disney/Marvel Studios)

OAKLAND (RADIO ALICE) - The Walt Disney Company announced they will be donating $1 million dollars to help the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs. 

Inspired by the success of their latest Marvel Studios movie, Black Panther, Disney's grant will help further BGCA's current curriculum and will also open new STEM centers in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Harlem-New York, Hartford, Memphis, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Watts, and here in Oakland, where a portion of the film was set.

"Marvel Studios' Black Panther is a masterpiece of movie making and has become an instant cultural phenomenon, sparking discussion, inspiring people young and old, and breaking down age-old industry myths," Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger said in a statement.

BGCA's Centers of Innovation offers their young members a place and the opportunity to learn about advance tech like HD Video production, the use of 3D printers, and robotics. Technologies that one day can bring the advaced civilization of Wakanda to life.

"It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film," Iger adds. "...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."

In it's second week of release, Black Panther has grossed an estimated $704 million worldwide.