IBM Awards $10,000 to Essex Junction STEM Academy posted on Nov 23, 2011
IBM recently awarded Chittenden Central Supervisory Union (CCSU) a $10,000 Community Impact Grant for Essex High School (EHS) and Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School (ADL) to support student learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
Both schools have been exploring ways to increase student access to STEM learning. In fall 2012, the EHS STEM Academy will be launched and, similar to the EHS Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA), will support individual student pursuits in specific areas while still participating in the EHS comprehensive program.
The IBM Community Impact Grant enables both EHS and ADL to expand STEM opportunities for students, including the implementation of integrated STEM units beginning in grade six. These integrated units of study in science and math classes will sometimes be taught in conjunction with IBM volunteers, and will empower students with engineering and problem-solving skills. In addition, the funds from the grant would be used in procuring additional instructional materials and equipment for the STEM units.
“This grant helps us fund our work currently underway in STEM and increasing access to more middle and high school students,” CCSU Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Amy Cole said. “We are very grateful to our IBM community partners in their continued support of our students and teachers in this work.”