The PNC Foundation is awarding a $400,000 grant to Jump Simulation, a part of OSF Innovation.
The OSF HealthCare Foundation announced the grant award Friday.
The grant will be used to expand the STEAM (Science, Technology, Art, Engineering and Math) education program to students who are also patients at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois.
PNC Bank, additionally, has pledged $100,000 for the charitable sponsorship of the Angel Ball, OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center’s major fundraising event.
Both the grant and the sponsorship are payable over a five-year period.
“The innovative teams at Jump have been engaging students through a variety of STEAM program opportunities including Saturday STEAM classes at Jump for middle and high school students,” said Tom Hammerton, president of the OSF HealthCare Foundation. “We want to offer that same experience to children and teenagers who are admitted to OSF Children’s Hospital for extended periods of time and we are now able to do that, thanks to the generous support of PNC.”
The grant will support the work of five Jump college engineering interns each year, who will design and deploy a 3D-printed object, part of a hands-on kit that will brought to children’s bedsides for STEAM education. The money will also fund 1,000 student scholarships over the next five years for low-to-moderate income students to attend STEAM courses at Jump.
The PNC Pediatric Classroom at OSF Children’s Hospital, which opened in 2012, will also receive additional funding through this grant. Children who are hospitalized have benefitted from nearly 4,700 books provided through PNC.
Through the new PNC grant, the STEAM program is expected to reach more than 20,000 patients and students over the next five years. That includes those served in the pediatric classroom, interns, community STEAM scholarships and bedside STEAM kids.
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