New York, NY (October 2nd, 2018)  Today, The Chelsea Football Club Foundation, and education technology innovator EVERFI, Inc. officially launched the Digital Blue – Career Inspiration program bringing hands-on STEM teaching to 25 schools in Manhattan at no cost to the schools, inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals.

The Chelsea Football Club Foundation and EVERFI announced the new project during a visit with students at Frederick Douglass Academy where they joined students and educators to discuss STEM careers.

“Using the power of sport we believe we are uniquely positioned to assist people of all ages and we hope everyone who takes part goes home inspired by what they have learned about science, technology, engineering and math,”  said Simon Taylor, Head of the Chelsea Foundation. “We are delighted to be expanding our work in Harlem and New York with this exciting STEM-focused project.

Digital Blue- Career Inspiration, the interactive STEM education program powered by EVERFI and supported by The Chelsea Football Club Foundation, introduces middle & high school students to exciting careers in technical fields and uses gamified lessons to encourage and prepare students for a career in STEM.  As part of the course experience, students will virtually hear from Chelsea FC and Chelsea FC Women players, Chelsea FC Foundation executives who’ll talk about the importance of STEM education and how these topics are part of key careers in the industry.

“It’s critical that we equip young people with the science, technology, engineering and math skills needed to inspire educational pathways to careers in these growing fields,” said Brian Cooley, EVERFI’s President of Sports and Entertainment. “We’re incredibly excited to work together with the Chelsea Football Club Foundation to bring this resource to students in Harlem.”

The Chelsea FC Foundation’s Digital Blue – Career Inspiration program offers students the opportunity to enjoy interactive content designed to reinforce key STEM skills while exploring exciting STEM careers that await.

During the visit, coaches from the Chelsea Foundation’s international department visited a class of Digital Blue Scholars to get a first-hand experience with the course. Following their time in the classroom, the coaches hosted a soccer skills lesson, teaching the students how STEM is relevant on the field, as well.

Eighty percent of the nation’s fastest-growing careers require skills from one or more STEM fields. The digital program is designed to spark curiosity in STEM and introduce middle school students to a wide variety of exciting STEM career options. When navigating the course, students reflect on activities they enjoy and receive feedback on how those interests can translate into STEM careers that power innovation.

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