September 15, 2023

NSF awards $2M to Purdue’s College of Education, Downtown Boxing Gym for STEM-based research

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The National Science Foundation awarded a $2 million grant to Purdue University’s College of Education and the Downtown Boxing Gym, a free, out-of-school-time program on Detroit’s east side, for a five-year research study to further evaluate, measure and magnify the far-reaching impact of DBG’s innovative STEM-based programming.

Every weekday, elementary through high school students opt in to participate in a variety of classes in the DBG STEAM lab — studying everything from computer coding, robotics and digital animation to insects, weather patterns, animal life cycles and more. Researchers want to learn what inspires students to enthusiastically “opt in” and how DBG’s holistic approach, which incorporates student voice in programming decisions, creates opportunities for student engagement.

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