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January 26, 2017

Teachers receive STEM Innovation Grants

Students will build trebuchets out of LEGOs, learn computer coding, discover how to engineer robots, and more thanks to grants from two local organizations focused on science, technology, education and math (STEM) education.

Six teachers at five Kennewick schools received the STEM Innovation Grants worth nearly $4,800 at the January 25 board meeting. Awarded by The Mid-Columbia STEM Network and the Dreambuilders Educational Foundation, grants will support hands-on learning in science and technology. 

The network is part of Washington STEM, a state-wide organization focused on growing science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education. Dreambuilders is a Tri-Cities-based foundation that provides scholarships and financial aid to students.

The grants were awarded to the following teachers and projects:

  • $1,000 to Tamara Barcus of Mid-Columbia Partnership for a Trebuchet Lego Engineering Challenge project.
  • $926.85 to Julie Rheinschmidt of Mid-Columbia Partnership to teach Introduction to Micro Controllers, Coding and Engineering Design Process.
  • $760 to Christopher Becker of Hawthorne Elementary for the school’s Bears Robotics Club.
  • $1,000 to Sean MacLellan of Washington Elementary to teach Introduction to Robot Programming Using Scratch 2.0
  • $740 to Martha Mather of Horse Heaven Hills Middle School for the NANO-TC Student Nano Showcase.
  • $344.07 to Carrie Enriquez of Edison Elementary to bring technology into her classroom with iPads.

Thank you to the Mid-Columbia STEM Network and Dreambuilders Educational Foundation for supporting our students and teachers.