SHARON, Pa. — A STEM Program in the Sharon City School District will be expanding to the youngest minds thanks to a $33,000 grant, a partnership with the LEGO Foundation and several local foundations at the Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.
FIRST LEGO League Discover, part of the FIRST Robotics Program, which stands for the For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, will be implemented district-wide for all kindergarten and first grade students as a STEM based program during the next three years.
According to Dave Tomko from the school district, the grant will cover class pack sets, at-home kits for over 300 students, and professional development for teacher training at the onset of the grant.
The goal is to develop interest and foster STEM skills in primary students through the use of hands-on materials that engage and motivate them, Tomko says. In addition, students will use teamwork skills to think creatively and critically to problem solve.
Because of the pandemic, the grant was on hold for over a year and implementation is now set for March, with professional development training for teachers in February.
The support of the program is being made possible by several foundations, including $24,500 from the LEGO Foundation and a total of $8,690 from several additional foundations from the Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. They include:
- Kachulis Family Foundation
- Winner Foundation
- Gurgovits Family Foundation
- Anderson Charitable Foundation
- SVF Betterment of the Valley Fund
Image: FIRST LEGO League Discover
Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.