Will.i.am Launches Initiative To Help Disaffected Kids Learn Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths12 March 2013
Will.i.am is helping kids learn about science
Will.i.am has always been interested in all things astronomical and scientific, but now he’s donated the money to the Prince’s Trust with a view to helping disaffected children – who are at risk of exclusion or under-achieving- to learn at The Science Museum, London.
Will.i.am said: "Inspiring young people through science and technology is a powerful tool and I am proud to see my donation to the Prince's Trust being put into action to help engage disadvantaged youth who would not otherwise have access to technology and science education.” He also explained that he would either continue to donate his fee from the talent show, The Voice, which is avbout to enter its second season, or would stage fundraising concerts. "This is ongoing. I don't want it to be a one-year thing," he said. "These workshops are an amazing way to engage disadvantaged youngsters who don't have this sort of access to technology and science otherwise," added Will.i.am of the initiative, who has himself enrolled on a computer science course so he can keep up with developments in the field. He attributes learning about computers from a young age to his success today, saying it gave him an open mind to make music using the technology.
Will.i.am is commited to science
Prince's Trust chief executive Martina Milburn said: "A lack of computer literacy can hold young people back and this is damaging their job prospects. Without basic computer skills, young people will not be able to pursue career paths and passions because they can't get a foot in the door. With youth unemployment on the rise again, we need to arm our young people with the skills they need in today's tough jobs market. Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills are a crucial part of this."