The Medical Center of the Americas Foundation (MCA) is thrilled to announce it has received a generous $15,000 grant from the Wilma Moleen Foundation to support MCA STEM Innovation Camps. This investment reflects the Wilma Moleen Foundation’s commitment to supporting programs that enhance our region and present opportunities for the region’s youth.
The $15,000 grant will provide crucial support to the MCA STEM Innovation Program efforts to cultivate and grow a skilled science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce in the region. The STEM program aims to inspire the youth of El Paso and foster a passion for STEM among students while presenting them with possible career paths, emphasizing the availability of fulfilling opportunities with a living wage in the El Paso region.
Since its establishment in 2019, the MCA STEM Innovation Lab has been providing middle school students with immersive experiences in STEM fields through engaging hands-on activities that promote critical thinking and develop problem solving skills. MCA STEM Camps have already made a significant impact, serving over 1,200 students from 29 schools and 5 school districts throughout the region.
“The MCA is dedicated to cultivating a robust STEM regional workforce, and this grant helps us to continue connecting with today’s youth early on, establishing a strong foundation for their future endeavors in high school, higher education, and STEM occupations” states Nancy Lowery, MCA Senior Director of Innovation.
The MCA currently has three 4-day STEM camps scheduled for this year: July 18-21, July 25-28, and October 10-13. For more information about camp sessions or to schedule a day-long camp please email our STEM Coordinator, Marianne Mijares, at Marianne@MCAmericas.org.