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Math Science & Technology

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Ensuring that students have the tools they need to meet the tough math and science requirements for success in school and beyond.

Math, Science & Technology is the future of the 21st Century Economy.  In 2009, the United States Department of Labor listed the ten most wanted employees. Eight of those employees were ones with degrees in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields: accounting, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, information sciences and systems, computer engineering, civil engineering, and economics and finance. According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while others are growing at 9.8%.

 

Recent Grants

 

$4,585   to Grand Rapids Public Schools to renew support for Immer5e a place-based, hands-on learning program at the Grand Rapids Public Museum during the 2016-2017 school year.   All fifth grade students will attend a week-long placed-base learning school at the museum, where they will participate in cross-disciplinary hands-on learning, with unprecedented access to museum archives and docents.    

$33,720  in new support for sixth grade participation in WMEAC’s Teach for the Watershed Program.  This four part program uses hands-on, interactive learning to teach students about Grand River Watershed, while reinforcing and supporting in-classroom science curriculum.  The program includes:  Water Usage & Storm Water Runoff; Biology of the Watershed; Adopt-A-Stream & Invasive Species and Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels and Low Impact Development.

“My favorite part is watching the progression during the week.  On Monday, the students and teachers are excited, but a little scared and anxious.  By Friday, they are walking around like they own the museum.  They have reached that deeper level of exploration.”  -Rob Schuitema, Director of Education, Grand Rapids Public Museum

 

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