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Denver Pilots STEM-Related “Next Generation City Builders” Summer Program for Elementary Students

The City and County of Denver, through a public-private partnership, is working with Scholars Unlimited, Denver Public Schools and Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. to provide STEM-related activities to 300 elementary students enrolled in a summer pilot program, the Next Generation City Builders.

The Next Generation City Builders is designed to help early learners explore and develop problem-solving and creative-thinking skills through a STEM-related curriculum. Program components will focus on issues that cities typically face and how technology is used to make improvements in areas, such as maintaining clean waterways, generating smart mobility and transportation options, preserving resources around parks and recreation, and promoting health equity across the city. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from professionals in the various sectors of STEM fields, including traffic, water and solar engineers, home designers and builders, and programmers from a variety of industries.

Denver established a public-private partnership with Jacobs, the leading program sponsor, to share in the investment of our future leaders and innovators. Jacobs generously donated $20K to fund and pilot the Next Generation City Builders program taking place at three different elementary schools through July 20: College View, Farrell B. Howell and Whittier K - 8. Denver is also partnering with Scholars Unlimited to ensure the program is accessible to learners who need additional academic support and youth from underserved neighborhoods.

“Building partnerships with community organizations and businesses is critical to the city’s commitment to prepare early learners for STEM careers,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “Through leveraging these partnerships, the Next Generation City Builders program is providing kids with a summer learning experience that increases STEM interest and achievement.”

“Jacobs is so proud to be a founding partner of the Next Generation City Builders program,” said Greg McIntyre, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Jacobs. “We believe this visionary program is actively engaging young people with passion, quite literally, for building the communities of our future.”

“DPS Summer Academy provides a half day of individualized literacy and STEM-related instruction for more than 5000 DPS students," said Tom Boasberg, Superintendent of Denver Public Schools. "We’re so grateful for partner organizations like Scholars Unlimited and the voters of Denver for allowing us to expand our programs to a full day of activities that address the learning needs of each child. It can really make a big difference in preventing kids’ summer learning loss and being ready to start the school year prepared to learn with their peers.”

Children and youth who have a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will play a critical role in economic stability and our nation’s global competitiveness. Denver is committed to engaging youth in STEM-related activities at an early age to expand opportunities for economic growth for all young people across the city.

Additional in-kind sponsorships were also received from: The Piton Foundation, Atkins, SNC – Lavalin, Truinity, Trammel Crow Company, Matrix Design Group, Shrewsberry, Kiewit, Turner Construction Company, Mortenson, and Sema Construction.