A school district is scheduling STEM days and acquiring new equipment to improve quality instruction for its students. Thanks to a corporate sponsor for whom the town is named, students have the opportunity to be exposed to STEM careers and cutting edge equipment.
The Alcoa Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Alcoa City Schools that will pay for a 3-D printer and programming for STEM subjects. A major part of the grant is dedicated to funding a portion of STEM days in the future, across the system.
STEM days will be a district wide focus on activities related to science, technology, engineering, and math, including introducing students to robotics. Alcoa employees plan to participate in the upcoming events.
“It is essential that our students get to hear young professionals talk about what they do every day and how their STEM-related skills apply to the real world,” said Shawn Kerr, chair of the district STEM committee, and teacher of STEM I-III at Alcoa High. “It’s never too early to plant the seed about the value of strong math, science, engineering and technical skills.”
Alcoa Director of Schools Brian Bell agreed. “Alcoa City Schools would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the ALCOA Foundation. ALCOA and the school system share a belief that students benefit most when content is meaningful and real. As a district, we want to engage students. And, what better way than STEM?”