Nauset Regional Middle School Principal Dr. Maxine Minkoff said the school learned today that it won a $10,000 grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s Student Innovation Challenge fund, administered through DonorsChoose.org. Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment for a specialized STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) program involving the students’ ongoing study of local water quality issues.
A few weeks ago the school was listed as one of three national finalists for the grant, with the ultimate recipient chosen by votes by visitors to DonorsChoose.org. The school’s project included equipment and supplies to construct a 3D mural focused on the students’ research into water quality over the past few years. Working in partnership with several local organizations, the students will extend their current prototypes to a larger scale that will be part of a community art project this summer.
Proposed by science teacher Brandy Jackson, the “Design, Develop and Make a Difference” project was one of three middle school projects nationally that was selected to compete in the voting on DonorsChoose.org.
Our readers helped win the grant
Members of the school community and Cape Cod Today readers were among the many who helped NRMS win the competitive vote. According to Dr. Minkoff, there was a degree of suspense involved in the final days of voting, “Last Wednesday we were ahead and then we learned Friday morning (the last day to vote) that we were in third place. We did a major call for help and it worked! We learned today that we won the $10,000 worth of equipment from DonorsChoose – thanks to Mrs. Jackson and the whole community!”
Nauset Middle School’s successful Summer Science Institute, after-school MakerSpace program and its many other initiatives promote STEAM activities among local students. By keeping the research and topical material hyperlocal, Mrs. Jackson and her team both motivate students and build community support for the school’s programs.