STEAM Academy 2020

In June 2020, the T.D. Jakes Foundation launched STEAM Academy 2020—a first-of-its-kind, virtual five-week summer program open to students, ages five to 16.

From the weeks of June 15 to July 13—STEAM Academy 2020 offered three to four hours of weekly online STEAM activities, including coding courses, virtual field trips to museums and engineering companies, musical performances from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and exposure to people and jobs that students may not have even known existed.

We were proud to welcome more than 5,000 registrants from 23 countries across the world to participate free of charge!

Want to see what academy participants were up to throughout the five-week experience?

To celebrate our inaugural year, we produced a closing video with a song, Get Up Get Up There, written by Thadworld and featuring members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the DSO Young Strings Program with highlights from this amazing virtual learning experience.

We were excited to introduce young students to the wonders of science, technology, engineering, arts and math—more than 85% of STEAM Academy participants experienced STEAM activities and learning for the very first time. And, with the support of partners like the Dallas Mavericks and AT&T, we were able to bridge the digital divide, providing Chromebooks and mobile hot spots free of charge, to ensure that no Dallas families had to be turned away due to lack of access to technology or connectivity.

STEAM Academy 2020 was a great success – but don’t just take our word for it! Here’s what some of the parents are saying…

“Everything has been wonderful. I feel like she is receiving expanded learning in an area that she has shown interest in.” Latrevia J.

“We as a family are enjoying the STEAM program. The virtual field trips and iStories are awesome. Thank you to the Foundation for this opportunity.” Jamila R

“I would like to say thank you for the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing program…Our daughter is loving the experience and is engaged everyday even on vacation. She has been excited to share her work with family.” – RaShelia R.

“Our children are loving STEAM!!! They are so overcome with amazement at what they are learning and it’s wonderful to hear them being brought even closer during this time; the conversations they have are hilarious. Thank you so much!” Jeanelle R.

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