Rainbow PUSH needs to spice up tech schooling by way of summer season packages

Piper Williams slipped on some digital actuality goggles and stole a peekinto the subsequent section…

Rainbow PUSH needs to spice up tech schooling by way of summer season packages

Piper Williams slipped on some digital actuality goggles and stole a peekinto the subsequent section of schooling parity — know-how lessons in areas together with coding and robotics.

Glenn Williams regarded on in amazement as Piper, his 7-year-old daughter, twirled round a lecture corridor.

“It’s nice, retains them occupied and engaged,” he mentioned.

Piper could have been immersed in a digital world, however in actuality, she and her dad have been on the headquarters of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

That’s the place, on Tuesday, leaders from the civil rights group’s instructional arm — PUSH for Excellence — introduced a plan to emphasise know-how schooling as they unveiled the agenda for an upcoming scholarship celebration.

Serving to PUSH tout STEM schooling was Bernard Key, who for the final two years has taught robotics and different know-how lessons within the group’s summer season packages — packages the group hopes to ultimately provide year-round, and to adults, as nicely.

Williams, who grew up with Key within the Brainerd neighborhood on the South Aspect, mentioned Key has at all times been eager about know-how.

“We couldn’t afford go-karts, so he would construct them,” Williams mentioned. “That’s been a part of his DNA ever since we was children.”

Key mentioned he needed to instill that very same spirit in college students, main them to raised jobs. 

He cited fast-food chain White Fort, which introduced earlier within the yr that it could use robots to cook dinner burgers at some areas.

“That is going to be the distinction between them programming that robotic or cleansing the toilet,” Key mentioned.

Hardy Williams (left) explains how Bernard Key (right) uses virtual reality to boost tech education. The two were among those speaking on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022 at Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters on the South Side.

Hardy Williams (left) explains how Bernard Key (proper) makes use of digital actuality to spice up tech schooling. The 2 have been amongst these talking Tuesday at Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters on the South Aspect.

Bishop Tavis Grant, appearing nationwide government director of Rainbow PUSH, additionally spoke at Tuesday’s information convention, emphasizing the significance of serving to college students get monetary assist to additional their schooling. Rainbow PUSH does its half, preserving these summer season packages inexpensive. They’re open to PUSH Coalition members for the $15 price of membership.

“This work is so very important, particularly in instances of inflation,” Grant mentioned.

Annual scholarship breakfast on Martin Luther King Day

Rainbow PUSH, based by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, will host its thirty third Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast Jan. 16 on the Marriott Marquis Chicago, 2121 S. Prairie Ave.

Held since 1993 on the vacation honoring King, the breakfast is an opportunity for the group to resume its dedication to the civil rights chief’s imaginative and prescient and spotlight the group’s approach of furthering these objectives by way of schooling.

Audio system on the January occasion will embrace actress Sheryl Lee Ralph; retiring Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White; and activist Jitu Brown.

Past providing extra particulars on PUSH for Excellence, the group additionally will use the scholarship breakfast to focus on its efforts at financing schooling and announce a plan to forestall violence in faculties.

Remote-control cars made by PUSH for Excellence students under the guidance of instructor Bernard Key were on display Tuesday at Rainbow PUSH headquarters.

Distant-control vehicles made by PUSH for Excellence college students below the steering of teacher Bernard Key have been on show Tuesday at Rainbow PUSH headquarters.

The Rev. Janette Wilson, the group’s government director, addressed the identical subject. “No baby ought to develop up with out these instruments,” she mentioned. “Lots of our mother and father aren’t working the roles of at this time as a result of they don’t have the coaching.”

Along with emphasizing technological schooling, the group may even return to the perennial subject of the group’s function in offering scholarships. Since its inception, the group has paid out $8 million in scholarships, together with for 82 school and college college students final yr.

Michael Loria is a workers reporter on the Chicago Solar-Occasions through Report for America, a not-for-profit journalism program that goals to bolster the paper’s protection of communities on the South Aspect and West Aspect.

Bishop Tavis Grant, acting national executive director of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition speaks at a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022 at the civil rights group’s South Side headquarters.

Bishop Tavis Grant, appearing nationwide government director of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, speaks at a information convention Tuesday on the civil rights group’s South Aspect headquarters.