Months after beloved MythBusters host Grant Imahara passed away, the late television star's friends and family have formed a new educational foundation in his name. Known as the Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation, the name of the nonprofit was unveiled on Friday, the day that would have been Imahara's 50th birthday. The goal of the foundation is to "inspire and empower underserved youth to become active in science, technology, engineering, art and math."
Established in Grant Imahara's memory, the foundation will offer mentorships, grants, and scholarships, providing access to STEAM education for all students. The board was formed by Grant's mother, Carolyn Imahara, along with his friends and colleagues Don Bies, Anna Bies, Edward Chin, Fon H. Davis, Coya Elliott, and Ioanna Stergiades.
"There are many students, like my son Grant, who need the balance of the technical and the creative, and this is what STEAM is all about," Carolyn said. "I'm so proud of my son's career, but I'm equally proud of the work he did mentoring students. He would be thrilled that we plan to continue this, plus much more, through The Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation."
"My friend and colleague Grant Imahara embodied the qualities of kindness, generosity, humor, and camaraderie. I'm so grateful that there's now a foundation named in his honor that will carry those qualities forward," Mythbusters host Adam Savage also said on Twitter, including a link to a memorial video of his late friend created by the foundation. Running over 20 minutes long, the video is very emotional but a great watch for fans.
Tory Belleci, who appeared alongside Imahara on Mythbusters frequently, also commented on Imahara's new foundation. "Today is @grantimahara 's birthday, a week before mine. We were the same age, but for a week I could call him old man. Can't believe you're not here," Belleci said in response to the news.
One of the smartest people we've ever seen on television, Imahara is famous for co-hosting the popular Discovery series Mythbusters for several years. He joined the show during its third season in 2005 and appeared in more than 200 episodes until 2014. He later appeared with his Mythbusters colleagues Kary Byron and Tory Belleci in the Netflix series White Rabbit Project and had more recently been working with Walt Disney Imagineering to develop innovative animatronics to be used in Disney theme parks throughout the world. One of his last projects had him designing an animatronic Baby Yoda from The Mandalorian.
At the age of 49, Imahara died in July after suffering a brain aneurysm. Though he left us far too soon, his memory will live on forever through this new nonprofit. You can donate to the cause and find out more information at the official website for the Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation. The nonprofit is also encouraging anyone with ideas for ways to support students interested in pursuing a career in STEAM to speak to the board. The foundations is also seeking volunteers to help with their mission. This news comes to us from Variety.