Out of our Monday’s blizzard came numerous emails requesting support for Nauset Regional Middle School’s STEAM challenge grant.
The Orleans middle school is one of three finalists for a $10,000 grant through the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s “Igniting STEAM for Student Innovation Challenge>’ Winners will receive $10,000 for use on future DonorsChoose.org projects. The project that scores the most votes will win the grant.
Nauset Middle School’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs are showpiece for the Nauset Regional School District. The program was founded upon two successful years of the Nauset Summer Science Institute and expanded to an after-school Maker Space program this year. As science teacher Brandy Jackson describes the program as science classes, an after school art club, and a community service club are working together to clean up our beaches and showcase water quality issues. The full program description is available at http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=1800420
The Nauset STEAM program integrates electronics, applied science, coding, game design, videography, art, cooking and other skills to educate children and the community about water quality issues and the Cape’s fragile ecosystem. Through partnerships with the Orleans Pond Coalition, Masonic Angel Foundation and other groups, Nauset engages the community to create a unique educational experience for middle school children.
One vote per day per person is allowed in support of this project. Visit http://bit.ly/DonorsChooseSTEAM to place your vote. Note that the ballot starts at the K-2 level and moves on to 3-5 and then to the page with Nauset Middle School’s proposal.