Discovery Education and will.i.am Team Up for STEAM Initiative

Today, Discovery Education, in conjunction with will.i.am’s i.am.angel foundation, announced a groundbreaking science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics initiative. Called i.am.STEAM, the program is designed to inspire and cultivate the next generation of innovators and STEAM leaders.

The initiative was announced today at an event for students from the i.am College Track Center in Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, held at NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California. will.i.am also released his new single, “Reach for the Stars” at the event — by transmitting the song from the Red Planet’s surface to Earth via Curiosity. The song was inspired by will.i.am’s lifelong passion for science, which is clearly fitting for the first song ever to be transmitted from Mars. Members of the team that successfully landed the rover on Mars earlier this month also spoke to students about the Curiosity mission and explained the technology behind the interplanetary transmission of will.i.am’s new song.

“Today is about inspiring young people to lead a life without limits placed on their potential and to pursue collaboration between humanity and technology through STEAM education. I know my purpose is to inspire young people, because they will keep inspiring me back,” will.i.am stated.

To learn more about the extraordinary mission to Mars, check out Discovery News’ Curiosity Wide Angle.

Discovery Communications’ Jennifer Marburg, Lori McFarling, Bill Goodwyn and Elizabeth Lipscomb with will.i.am at the Event

 

Astronaut Leland Melvin with will. i. am and Bill Goodwyn
Astronaut Leland Melvin (Right) with Bill Goodwyn and will.i.am