We are pleased to announce the winners of our Fall 2017 STEM Challenge Grants. We had another round of very competitive applications. Our next Challenge Grant cycle is approaching, with an application deadline of December 19, 2017. We encourage applications from all interested parties. Click Here to apply!
Culinary Pollinator Rain Garden – North West Technical Center Pre Tech Exploratory Program
Congratulations to Jacob Holzberg-Pill on his successful application. In this project, Jacob and students will create a garden at the entry lawn to the Northwest Technical Center. Students in the Culinary program will learn to harvest, prepare, and serve 20 species of fruits, vegetables and herbs that they grown in their new garden. Pre Tech Exploratory students will design, install, and maintain the garden. Building Trades students will build the garden.
Creating and Printing a 3D Digital Design – Folsom Educational and Community Center Technology Integration Makerspace
Congratulations to Cornelia Thoma, Library Media Specialist at Folsom Educational Center, on her successful Challenge Grant application. Cornelia will use this grant to purchase a Makerbot Replicator Mini 3D printer with supplies for the new makerspace at Folsom Educational and Community Center. Students will be able to use engineering skills and creative problem solving to create 3D models and then print their models into actual parts.
Math Enrichment – Maple Leaf Montessori “STEM for THEM” program
Congratulations to Heather Blackburn and the educational team at Maple Leaf Montessori for their successful application. Funds from their Challenge Grant will be used to purchase a Montessori Bead Cabinet to enhance their math program for ages 3-5. The Montessori method places heavy emphasis on hands-on self-directed learning opportunities in children, and the bead cabinet will be used to teach children concepts in quantity, place value, operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and the decimal system.