It was announced at the Alpine School District board meeting on Tuesday that Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has awarded the district a $100,000 grant to support various robotics programs. and STEM.
“Meta is proud to be a part of this community and to support the Alpine School District’s dynamic robotics and STEM education programs. Students across the district, from elementary through high school, will have greater access to engaging activities and cutting-edge technology that will enhance their learning,” said William Marks, community development manager at Meta, in a statement. Press. “STEM learning is so important to getting today’s students ready for careers and college. Collaborating on projects like these with Alpine School District is central to Meta’s commitment to be a great community partner.
This grant is in addition to the $54,340 awarded to schools in the Alpine School District through Meta’s Community Action Grant program last month to improve STEM education. Dan W. Peterson School received $24,290, Windsor Elementary School received $14,300, Eagle Valley Elementary School received $7,500, Black Ridge Elementary School received $750 and Polaris secondary received $7,500.
Meta’s Community Action Grant Program provides funding to schools and registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in areas surrounding Metadata Centers. This is the second year since its inception in 2018 that the Eagle Mountain Data Center has provided grants to the community.
“The willingness of our friends at Meta to support a wide range of initiatives opens doors for many types of students to explore new topics and themes, delve into specific areas of learning, and challenge their limitations and experiences.” David Stephenson, Executive Director of External Relations and Communications, said in a press release: “This latest round of grants will continue to maximize opportunities and allow students to grow in very important and inspiring ways.
The $100,000 Meta Grant will be used to support the following projects:
- Alpine School District: $30,000 for the continued development and expansion of robotics programs at four high schools, supporting both curricular and extracurricular programs.
- Alpine School District: $25,000 for STEM Library Kits for use in K-6 classrooms in the district to support state SEd standards and help STEAM teachers expose students to the creative resolution of problems and STEAM principles and concepts.
- Cedar Valley High School: $15,000 to support the STEM agriculture curriculum and help finalize construction of its barn project where students will raise and study animals.
- Westlake High School: $10,000 for the Students Taking on Restorative Measures (STORM) Academy with equipment and supplies, including VR headsets, media equipment, yoga equipment, percussion instruments, alternative seating, a sound system and other technology, and resources to support students with social and emotional well-being.
- Lake Mountain Middle School: $10,000 to support 3D printing and plastic recycling.
- Vista Heights Middle School: $5,000 for audio-visual enhancements to record and broadcast assemblies, concerts, drama programs and video announcements, and training for stage crew technicians to perform streaming .
- Alpine School District: $5,000 to support diversity, equity and inclusion programs.