KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 15, 2020) – A donation from UScellular has made a “maker space” at the Walter P. Taylor Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley located in East Knoxville.
The new maker space is equipped with tools to advance STEM learning for elementary and middle school-aged children who attend the club. The funds from UScelluar included iPads, robotics and coding kits, building concepts.
UScellular donated eight iPads to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley for local community sites and funded a new “maker space” for the Walter P. Taylor Club to help staff support its members.
The maker space will allow elementary and middle school-aged students to enjoy science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and activities, including coding games, small robotics kits, building physics, circuits and more.
The iPads will help the clubs offer a mix of in-person and virtual programming during the school year and make it easier to communicate with kids, teachers and parents. The $8,000 donation is part of more than $100,000 in technology items that UScellular donated to 13 clubs across the country.
“Throughout the past several months, we’ve seen how vital technology and connectivity are as many people have been virtually learning, working and communicating,” said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for UScellular in East Tennessee. “During this challenging time, the Walter P. Taylor Club has continued to support local youth, and since school has started again, we hope these new technology resources can help staff and members stay connected to the people and information they need to be successful.”
Earlier this year, UScellular donated $325,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs COVID-19 Relief Fund, $15,000 of which directly supported youth in East Tennessee. For more information about U.S. Cellular’s corporate responsibility initiatives, please go to www.uscellular.com/about/community-outreach.
About UScellular: UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier is building a stronger network with the latest 5G technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations.