Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) in partnership with Celebrity Designer and TV Personality, Carter Oosterhouse, unveiled the new Tween Tech Lounge at the Bridesburg Boys & Girls Club in Philadelphia on Thursday, October 9, 2014.
The tweens were thrilled with the renovated space and the new technology. “My reaction when I saw the Tween Tech Center was ‘Whooooa!’ said Bridesburg Tween, Colin T.
Oosterhouse visited Bridesburg in June to collaborate with the Club kids and create a design concept for the new tech center. After renovating and modernizing the space, Samsung outfitted the room with 20 Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tablets, seven Samsung laptops and a Samsung SMART TV. Loaded with educational software and e-books, the donated technology will not only expose Club kids to STEM learning programs and career modules but will help prepare them for 21st century success.
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are critical to the future success of young people as many of the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. will require some education in STEM. Lori Shorr, Mayor Michael Nutter’s chief education officer, spoke during the ribbon cutting ceremony about the importance of STEM learning and engaging the youth of Philadelphia with new technologies.
The Bridesburg Club Tween Tech Center renovation is the fourth in the nation sponsored by Samsung in its partnership with Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA). Samsung to inspire kids’ curiosity in STEM and bridge the academic achievement gap by providing technology access to underprivileged youth.
“At Samsung, we are committed to providing our mobile technology to educate, engage and enrich lives in a way that makes a real impact on our youth and the larger communities we serve,” said Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters. “We share BGCA’s same passion and dedication to helping young people realize their dreams and explore future careers in STEM fields.”