BCPS Receives $60,000 Grant to Support Students Using STEM for Social Good
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to receive a $60,000 grant from All Points North Foundation to support the District’s #BrowardCODES for Social Good initiative, STEMpathy. As part of the STEMpathy initiative, middle school students in 30 schools are participating in clubs focused on supporting social and emotional learning experiences, while using computer science and STEM to solve real-world problems in their communities.
Students participating in STEMpathy work as teams to create their community projects, which may include developing a computer app, creating a physical device such as assistive technology for individuals with disabilities, or working on solutions related to the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (providing clean water, reducing poverty, eliminating hunger, supporting quality education, creating peace and more).
This funding provides schools with the resources to implement the STEMpathy projects, develop prototypes, fund teacher stipends, offer professional development opportunities and host a showcase of student projects. The showcase takes place on May 4, 2019, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Atlantic Technical College, Arthur Ashe, Jr. Campus. Media are invited to attend.
"Middle schoolers are using advanced technology to advance social causes for good," says Laura Staich, executive director, All Points North Foundation. "Support and investments in programs like #BrowardCODES prepare students for productive lives in the working world."
For more information on All Points North Foundation, visit allpointsnorthfoundation.org.
To learn more about the District’s STEM + Computer Science programs, visit browardschools.com/STEM.
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