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How Intel and the Si Se Puede Foundation are Bridging Arizona’s STEAM Divide

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For years Intel and the Si Se Puede Foundation, a Chandler STEM education non-profit, have helped underserved students excel in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) fields. In the last five years, Intel employees have volunteered close to 4,000 hours in support of the nonprofit.

The Si Se Puede Foundation was created to provide opportunities in STEM education to youth, regardless of socioeconomic circumstance, in an inclusive, challenging, and creative environment. As stated in the nonprofit’s mission, it aims to support students from all backgrounds to learn manufacturing skills, video production, 3D printing and modeling, electronics, and robotics. The Foundation has a growing list of programs including Degrees of Freedom, a high school student-led robotics team, and Desert WAVE, a women’s autonomous underwater vehicle team.

Recently, Intel donated $5,000 to the organization to empower students through inclusive programs and opportunities in the STEAM fields. The donation will be used to create and launch new programs, improve learning materials, contribute to community events, and allow the program to reach more students.

“Our staff and mentors work diligently to inspire every student that comes through our door. For many underserved youths, our programs provide a chance to grow their confidence and skills,” said Faridodin Lajvardi, President/CEO and Director of STEM Initiatives of the Si Se Puede Foundation. “It takes an incredible effort to keep resources running. With Intel’s financial support and employee giving, the growth and sustainability of our programs can continue.” 

“Intel proudly invests in organizations who are building up future leaders, innovators, and world changers like the Si Se Puede Foundation does,” said Ashu Bakhle, Vice President, Network and Edge Group at Intel Corporation and Board Member of Si Se Puede Foundation. “For nearly thirty years, the Si Se Puede Foundation has been cultivating an environment where at-hope youth can flourish in STEM and believe in themselves. We have seen firsthand the countless success stories that have emerged from their dedication to the community they serve.” 

For more information about the Si Se Puede Foundation and volunteer opportunities, visit www.sisepuedefoundation.org. If you would like to donate to the organization, please visit https://www.sisepuedefoundation.org/donate.

To learn more about Intel in Arizona, please visit www.intel.com/Arizona.