AIM Institute, an innovative not-for-profit that grows, connects and inspires the tech community, today announced an expansion of its youth in technology program. The three-year, $850,000 program expansion is partially funded by grant funding received from an anonymous donor and will reach an additional 1,500 students, beginning September 2019.

AIM provided technology and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) education to more than 6,000 children and teens in 2018 at multiple schools, including Wakonda Elementary School in north Omaha and at the Brain Exchange, AIM’s technology exploration and education center in downtown Omaha. The program expansion will increase AIM’s presence at additional elementary and middle schools in Omaha and Council Bluffs, providing after-school and summer activities that emphasize technology exploration and STEAM learning.

“The program expansion will truly be an investment in the future of our youth and our community,” said AIM Institute President and CEO, Dr. Kandace Miller. “We are grateful to the anonymous donor who has helped set our goals into motion.”

“The need for STEAM skills permeates every industry. Sparking interest and excitement early through engaging, hands-on STEAM activities involving the latest technology creates opportunity and visualization of the future for children in our area, particularly those from underserved populations who would not otherwise have had this opportunity,” said Miller.