The Saban Center, a STEM hub and children’s performing arts center being constructed in Tuscaloosa, has partnered with Alabama Power Foundation, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, Mercedes-Benz, Parker Towing and the University of Alabama.
These partnerships with industry and the University of Alabama build on an existing partnership with the Alabama State Department of Education, IGNITE, the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre and Nick and Terry Saban announced in early March to build the STEM and performing arts center that will help educate students, teachers and residents.
“We’re honored to have these terrific partners join us in making our dream a reality,” said Nick Saban. “Their commitment to the families and residents of Alabama and beyond speaks volumes for the potential Saban Center has moving forward, and we cannot thank them enough.”
Mike Suco, president and CEO of Coca-Cola United, said, “We are honored to join with the University of Alabama, other leading businesses, the city and state, and of course the Saban family, in investing in this innovative educational initiative.”
Stuart Bell, president of the University of Alabama, added that the collaboration with the Saban Center will allow UA to extend its outreach to K-12 students, part of the Capstone’s teaching, research and service mission. “The center will enhance STEM education in our state for children who will one day be professionals in our communities,” said Bell.
Alison Phillips, spokesperson for Parker Towing Co., said, “This collaboration will enable us to work together to build a brighter, more prosperous future for our community.”
The Saban Center will feature child-led theater productions, robotics and sports labs and will provide support for local and regional school district teachers to learn about immersive science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In addition, the center will have an outreach component to share with communities information about job opportunities and STEM careers.