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November 9, 2017

Teachers receive STEM Like Me! grants

Students will build robots with LEGO, learn about the solar system and turbines, explore surgery using simulation devices and more thanks to $7,046 in grants for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning from two local organizations.

Nine teachers at seven Kennewick schools and programs were awarded the STEM Like Me! grants at the November 8 meeting of the Kennewick School Board. The grants were provided by the Mid-Columbia STEM Network and the Dream Builders Educational Foundation. The grants are aimed at supporting hands-on learning in science and technology in the classroom. Kennewick teachers received nine of the 22 grants awarded by the organizations.

The network is part of Washington STEM, a state-wide organization focused on growing 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 Holly Milewski of Tri-Tech Skills Center to build a Laparoscopic Surgery Simulation Device
  • $1,000 to Jennifer Quesnell of Mid-Columbia Partnership to purchase a 3D Printer for Engineering-Related Projects
  • $960 to Christopher Becker at Hawthorne Elementary for the Bears Robotic Club
  • $864 to Kara Del Mar at Hawthorne Elementary for a Robotics Mentors project
  • $851 to Patrick Yecha of Phoenix High School to bring STEM experts into classrooms electronically
  • $700 to Valerie Swanger at Amistad Elementary for a LEGO Robotics project
  • $700 to Carrie Enriquez at Edison Elementary for a Learning With LEGO project
  • $691 to Kim Estes at Canyon View Elementary for a Teaching About Turbines project
  • $280 to Rebecca Smith-Hickey at Canyon View Elementary for a Third-Grade Solar System Science project

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