RUSSELLVILLE, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Altice USA (NYSE: ATUS), one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the United States with internet, TV and phone services under the Optimum and Suddenlink brands, today announces that it is partnering with seven leading colleges and universities in Arkansas to inspire future innovators by providing students with the opportunity to experience the real-world application of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Altice USA’s second annual and expanded “Summer of STEM” provides summer camp opportunities for students from local Arkansas communities where they will engage in hands-on STEM activities including robotics, coding and engineering, as well as explore STEM-related careers.
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) said: “Ensuring that students in Arkansas have the skills they need to compete in today’s global economy is critical to maintaining America’s leadership in the world. That’s what makes programs that encourage STEM education so important. I commend Altice USA and our local educational institutions for partnering up to provide young Arkansans with this valuable opportunity.”
Lee Schroeder, executive vice president, government and community affairs, Altice USA, said: “It is our commitment as a technology and communications company to support and inspire the next generation of leaders, and we are honored to partner with many leading universities in Arkansas who share our commitment. Through this partnership, we can provide innovative ways for our youngest community members to gain year-round learning opportunities so they get the foundational STEM skills and knowledge needed for careers in technology.”
The “Summer of STEM” partnerships, which include camps held on select dates in June and July, include:
Arkansas Science Olympiad at College of the Ouachitas (COTO) Community College, Malvern:
- More than 80 students from grades K-6 attended this one-day camp and due to Altice USA’s sponsorship, the Mid-America Science Museum visited the camp for a "Motion Show," providing students with information about a variety of STEM-related careers.
Arkansas Tech University (ATU) Career Center, Russellville:
- Altice USA is sponsoring 24 students in grades 8-9 so they can attend the five-day coding camp.
- Students will learn about coding languages, web design, and computer programming for apps and Web pages.
Camp for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (CAMP) at College of the Ouachitas Community College (COTO), Malvern:
- Altice USA is sponsoring 20 students in grades 7-9 so they can visit local manufacturing plants in Central Arkansas.
- The students also will participate in a robotics, 3D printing, and a bridge construction challenge during the one-week camp.
Engineering Camp at University of Arkansas Community College, Batesville (UACCB):
- Altice USA is providing scholarships for seven students in grades 5-8 to attend the engineering camp.
- The camp will focus on applying engineering concepts from multiple fields to a real-world problem.
Henderson State University (HSU) STEM Center, Arkadelphia:
- Altice USA is sponsoring three summer camps for 65 students in grades 1-7 to attend.
- There will be two one-day camps for grades 1-3 focused on an introduction to coding, and a three-day "maker" camp for grades 5-7.
Kid's College at University of Arkansas Community College, Batesville (UACCB):
- Altice USA is providing scholarships for seven students to attend a one-week camp.
- The students will also have the opportunity to learn about robotics, slim and create a lego safari.
Vanguard Discovery Camp at Arkansas State University-Beebe (ASU Beebe), Heber Springs and Beebe Campuses:
- Altice USA is sponsoring 12 students in grades 4-8 for weeklong camps.
- The camp encourages students to gain new knowledge, explore careers, develop new skills and boost self-confidence.
Please contact the individual institutions for additional camp information. To learn more about Altice USA in the community, visit www.alticeconnects.com
About Altice USA
Altice USA (NYSE: ATUS), the U.S. business of Altice N.V. (Euronext: ATC, ATCB), is one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the United States, delivering broadband, pay television, telephony services, proprietary content and advertising services to approximately 4.9 million residential and business customers across 21 states through its Optimum and Suddenlink brands.