Classroom Grants Help Hands-On STEM Learning

November 1, 2018

Mounting evidence shows that hands-on experiences such as play-based activities, clubs and science fairs are extremely effective in improving engagement in STEM. Studies by the National Science Teachers Association demonstrate that young children learn through active exploration—and the drive to observe, interact and discover is inherent in their development. AFCEA’s Educational Foundation offers grants to teachers in elementary and middle schools as well as in high schools to provide the materials needed to make these activities possible. Even a few hundred dollars helps give teachers support to create positive STEM education experiences for children. The Educational Foundation gave $14,000 this fiscal year to teachers around the country.

Congratulations to this year’s grant recipients:

Haley Bilbray, Berkner High School
and STEM Academy, Richardson, Texas

Cheyenne Branscum, Shawnee Middle School,
Shawnee, Oklahoma

Casey Davidow, West Education Campus,
Washington, D.C.

Dustin Deweerd, Acton Elementary School, Dallas

Laura Horner (AFCEA International grant sponsored by the Alamo Chapter), Jenkins Middle School, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Alisa Janiski, Roye-Williams Elementary School,
Havre de Grace, Maryland

Alia Katz, Sonora Elementary School,
Sonora, California

Toni Kaui, Ka ‘Umeke Kā‘eo, Hilo, Hawaii

Michelle Ott, Pocomoke High School,
Pocomoke City, Maryland

Gia Parrott, Lowes Island Elementary School,
Sterling, Virginia

Samrat Pathania, Wallkill Senior High School,
Wallkill, New York

Erin Peck, Thomson Middle School,
Centerville, Georgia

Rachelle Pedersen (AFCEA International
grant sponsored by the Alamo Chapter),
Bunnell High School, Stratford, Connecticut

Savannah Smith, Spring Hill High School,
Chapin, South Carolina

Chaquena Spencer, Potomac High School,
Oxon Hill, Maryland

Aimee Thrune, Oostburg Middle School,
Oostburg, Wisconsin

Amber Zavicar, Lincoln Park Middle School,
Lincoln Park, Michigan

Cindy Nick and her students at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford, Connecticut, experiment with Newton’s laws of motion. AFCEA Educational Foundation grants help support such hands-on learning.

Rachelle Pedersen’s student mentors at Bunnell High School in Stratford, Connecticut, develop hands-on activities for elementary and middle school girls in their local community. More than 50 families attended their third annual MakeHER Fair to create wind-powered boats, catapults and jetpack balloons.

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