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Middle School Receives STEAM Grant
Posted 06/14/2012 09:46AM

Hampton Middle School has received a $20,000 STEAM Grant for use in an Engineering, Technology and Arts-focused education project.

With funding provided by the Grable and Benedum Foundations, the grants are being awarded through The Center for Creativity, Arts and Technology. Grants are designed to assist schools in “building and advancing school-community STEAM partnerships.” STEAM encourages a renewed commitment to creativity, contextual thinking and other aptitudes deemed critical to the workforce demands of the 21st Century, according to information released by the Center. The grants were available to schools in Allegheny, Fayette, Green and Washington counties.

Two levels of grants were available: mini grants of $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000; or five comprehensive grants of $20,000. Applicants who sought the larger $20,000 grants were required to meet specific criteria outlined in the application.

Hampton will use its grant money to “improve learning and generate student interest in engineering and computer science fields of study, which align with the growing depth of learning and career readiness pathways,” according to Mr. Ed McKaveney, District Technology Director. Hampton will partner with Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and PPG Industry employees living in the District, as well as those working at the PPG Coatings Innovation Center in Allison Park. Through the augmentation of the current Middle School Technology Education program and classrooms, a mini “fab lab” and makerspace will be created as a resource for enhanced curriculum, project development and instruction in classes that currently use the space.

“Additionally, the facility will further serve as a school-wide multidisciplinary project design and implementation resource, much like the 21st Century library media center,” said Mr. McKaveney.

The District hopes to expand the purpose of the facility in the near future, providing opportunities for community usage of the tools and space.

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