Edgewater Funds STEM Center at Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County
December 2, 2022 / Brooke Faulkner / News
Frederick, Md. (November 30, 2022) — techfrederick member, Edgewater Federal Solutions, Inc. (Edgewater) teamed up with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to provide the Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County with a high-tech science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) center. The center contains state-of-the-art equipment, including a 3D printer, Snap Circuits, Ozobots and Bee Bots.
Leaders for Edgewater, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, and the Boys & Girls Club celebrated the occasion with a ribbon-cutting and demonstration of the high-tech tools. The new center will allow local children to stretch their imaginations and discover a love of scientific learning.
“We are extremely proud to support the growing minds of our community with the opening of this STEM Center. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has created a phenomenal program to foster an understanding, application, and love for STEM concepts and practices,” stated Lorelie Yockman, Edgewater’s Chief Administrative Officer. “I can tell you first-hand that the skills learned within this center will be extremely valuable to these children, their families, and our community.”
“This STEM Center is going to emphasize to the kids how fun STEM can be, and we really want to encourage them to get involved in these fields,” said Timika Thrasher, Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County CEO. “We’re really fortunate for Edgewater and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation because we know how costly this tech is and it’s not something we’d normally be able to bring to our sites. I’m excited that my staff and myself will be trained on how to use these tools so we can teach the kids, and all learn from each other.”
The Ripken Foundation provides training, curriculum, activity kits, and staff support. The organization has opened more than 260 STEM centers nationwide.
“We believe all children deserve the opportunity to explore their passions and learn about the paths available to them, especially in this ever-evolving technology-based world,” said Steve Salem, President & CEO of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. “The Ripken Foundation is proud to provide curriculum and teacher training to ensure students can get the most out of these new STEM tools.”
About Edgewater Federal Solutions, Inc.
Edgewater Federal Solutions, Inc. was founded in 2002 and has a long-standing record of excellence in supporting its federal customers. Edgewater assists over 30 federal and commercial customers with their IT, cybersecurity, and professional service needs. Its services include enterprise IT, information assurance and cybersecurity, business process optimization, systems engineering and development, program management, data science and analytics, and professional services. Edgewater is a repeat awardee of the Washington Post Top Workplaces and a 4-time honoree as an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company. Edgewater holds CMMI and ISO certifications, and its motto of “Our People… Your Edge” signifies the value and importance that the company holds for its employees. Visit www.EdgewaterIT.com for more information.
About the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
For the last 21 years, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has worked tirelessly to implement youth development programs and create parks that directly address the problems facing at-risk youth in distressed communities across the country. Inspired by one of the most iconic baseball families, the Ripkens created the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to honor the legacy of its family patriarch, longtime coach, and mentor, Cal Ripken, Sr. The Ripken Foundation uses sports-themed activities to bring police officers, youth partners and underserved kids ages 9 – 14 together on a level playing field to learn invaluable life skills.
The Ripken Foundation’s Youth Development Park Initiative creates clean, safe places for kids to play on multipurpose, synthetic surface fields that promote healthy living in an outdoor recreational facility. Since 2009, the Ripken Foundation has 112 completed parks across the country in 26 states and Washington, D.C. In 2021, the Ripken Foundation impacted over 1.2 million kids nationwide through its Youth Development Park and mentor programs. For more information, visit www.RipkenFoundation.org. Follow @CalRipkenSrFdn on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Ellen Buchanan, Edgewater Federal Solutions, Inc.