OSF Bedside STEAM Program Receives PNC Funding

(Originally posted by OSF HealthCare )

The OSF HealthCare Foundation announced that Jump Simulation will receive a $400,000 grant from the PNC foundation to expand their bedside STEAM program. The grant will be paid over the next five years. The program provides STEAM education to students who are patients at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

The funds will support five Jump engineering interns each year, who will design a hands-on kit that will be brought right to the bedside of children in the hospital. These kits will also be available for download around the country in an effort to expand the program nationwide. Kits will include 3D printed objects and other STEAM items.

“We know how important it is to introduce young minds as early as possible to math, science and the arts. However, for the brave children and teens who face extended hospital stays, their access to classroom learning and experiences can be interrupted. This program brings the learning to them so they can continue on their path as future engineers, scientists, physicians or whatever creative path they choose,”  said Bryan Ray, the regional president for PNC for central Illinois.

Through the grant, the STEAM program is expected to reach more than 20,000 patients over the next five years.

Here is the whole article: https://newsroom.osfhealthcare.org/bedside-steam-enrichment-program-receives-pnc-funding/

Here is a separate article about the relationship between OSF and PNC and how they are continuing to support STEAM education: https://www.osfhealthcare.org/innovation/pnc-grant/?utm_source=press&utm_medium=print&utm_campaign=c-inno-jump-pnc-grant