The STEM playhouse program was created by the local Habitat affiliate to enhance, supplement and support existing classroom learning around STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) while encouraging creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. Students in grades 6–8 follow specific curricula leading to an application of their STEM learning with the building of playhouses. Funding from the program supports Habitat’s mission, and the playhouses will be donated to children of military families. This is the third consecutive year that Simpson Strong-Tie has supported the program, donating $25,000 and providing volunteers to help with the build.
“Simpson Strong-Tie has been a key partner in our work for years,” says Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley President and CEO Janice Jensen. “We’re thrilled to have their ongoing support for this unique program, and that we can have such a positive, wide-ranging impact as a result.”
Simpson Strong-Tie has supported Habitat for Humanity for more than two decades and has been a national sponsor since 2007, donating more than $5 million in cash and products, including the structural framing hardware (connectors and fasteners) and reinforced shear walls used in new home construction. The company also supports Habitat for Humanity’s annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project and Habitat Strong, a program for building more resilient homes.