Garrett receives $ 25,000 for STEM classes and equipment

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A local school will be able to reach new heights with a grant from the Nevada Governor’s Office for Science, Innovation and Technology.

In early December, Garrett Junior High School received a grant of $ 25,891 from the Southern Nevada STEM Network to purchase portable labs, 3D printers and other equipment for science, technology, engineering and math classes. .

“We’re trying to slowly build STEM into our curriculum and into our main schedule,” said Melanie Teemant, Principal.

Currently, the school offers an official full-time course in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Teemant wishes to add more elective courses.

“Ultimately, Garrett will offer more courses that engage students in STEM, building rural students’ confidence in coding, innovation and science,” said Leigh Metcalfe, STEM program manager for the office of the governor of science, innovation and technology. “The goal is to foster student success by ensuring that they have more STEM opportunities, that they are better prepared to take STEM courses in high school and, therefore, more likely to consider careers. STEM. “

Teemant said his goal was to provide an introduction to STEM, robotics, coding, and programming for all of Garrett’s students.

“Each will be a quarter long and all sixth graders will take it during the school year. … The point of all of this is to give them experiences and see if they want these opportunities in their future, ”she said.

With the grant money, Teemant said the school would buy Labdiscs, portable labs that will help classes grow.

“They can take it anywhere on the pitch. … We will be able to do experiments and get a lot of data without a lot of equipment, ”she said.

In addition, the school purchases all-in-one touch screens and three 3D printers.

Teemant said they will partner with different companies for STEM kits for printers. These kits will allow students to design, build, analyze the results and then apply them and revise their designs.

The new gear will also be available for Garrett’s other classes.

Teemant said she wanted to add STEM courses, get a full-time teacher dedicated to the program, and become a Distinguished STEM Academy. She also said she would continue to apply for grants to help achieve this.

According to Metcalfe, the purpose of this grant is to support and fund initiatives to ensure that southern Nevada has an educated, skilled and diverse workforce that meets the needs of STEM employers in the region.

The budget for the three regions of Nevada was $ 50,000 each. Garrett was one of three grant recipients in southern Nevada.

Teemant said she plans to order the new equipment after the Clark County School District Board of Directors accepts the grant at a meeting in January.

Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at [email protected] or 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.

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