Opportunities for after school science programs are expanding, as a science club for girls joins with school and tech program supporters to create new classes and experiences.
The partnership between Montana Tech, the Butte School district and the Butte Girls Excelling in Math and Science, or GEMS is expanding after school science programs at East Middle School, thanks to a $50,000 in grants from the Department of Education.
The bump in finding will allow tech students to be employed, helping students with homework and mentoring them in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Institute. “This will allow a whole cadre of college students who will help out,” said Amy Verlanic, director of the Institute for Educational Opportunities at Tech. “We’re really excited to be expanding this program.”
The partnership also will provide the curriculum and pay teachers for after school activities, said Ronda Coguill, GEMS co-director and Tech materials science lab manager. GEMS is a free after school club for middle school girls.