Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sue Cleveland Elementary to Launch Innovative New STEM Program

Left to Right: Brenda Byrd, Assistant Superintendent for Principal Supervision; Renee McCall, Assistant Principal; Aiden Witt, Fifth Grade; David Owen, Associate Director of Sales, Verizon Wireless; Breslin Steverson, Science Lab Teacher; and Morgan Vess, Fifth Grade.
Left to Right: Brenda Byrd, Assistant Superintendent for Principal Supervision; Renee McCall, Assistant Principal; Aiden Witt, Fifth Grade; David Owen, Associate Director of Sales, Verizon Wireless; Breslin Steverson, Science Lab Teacher; and Morgan Vess, Fifth Grade.

$20,000 Verizon Grant Aims to Drive Student Interest, Achievement in STEM Fields

Students at Sue Cleveland Elementary School will soon participate in the school’s first after-school Robotics Club with support from Verizon.

Sue Cleveland Elementary has been awarded a $20,000 Verizon Innovate Learning Grant as part of Verizon’s investment to provide teachers with resources to use technology to engage students in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The Sue Cleveland Science Lab will use the grant funding to create an after school Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Club that will use robotics to give students opportunities to learn about possible careers in a STEM field.

The funds will pay for the materials needed to design, build, and program robots, and the school plans to compete in next year’s First Lego League competitions. The program will serve about 45 fourth and fifth graders during the first year and half.

Virginia, K. Chambers, Principal of Sue Cleveland Elementary School, said, "The Verizon grant will provide an opportunity for SCE students to have a “beyond the classroom” experience. Our students will be able to stretch their thinking and apply their prior learning in the areas of science and math for a real-world endeavor. This experience will support our students toward becoming better critical thinkers and useful citizens in the work place."

“The grant from Verizon will give students a brighter future and a chance to learn about careers in science, math and technology that they may have never considered before,” said Science Lab Teacher Breslin Steverson.


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