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Walton Education Foundation Receives AT&T Grant Students at Bay Elementary School will benefit from a statewide investment by AT&T this year, one that seeks to increase understanding of how classroom curriculum translates into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.
To provide a critical link from classroom to careers, AT&T is once again working with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) to provide experiential learning opportunities for students in school districts across Florida. Real-world application of STEM education concepts, problem-solving and critical thinking skills will all be key elements of the 45 separate projects to be organized and funded through CFEF member local education foundations, including the Walton Education Foundation.
Ana Tomblin, 3rd Grade Teacher at Bay Elementary School, was awarded $2,000 for her “STEM Careers” project that exposes students to a wide range of STEM jobs. Students will be provided with engaging, high interest books on a variety of reading levels in order to read about STEM careers. Students will research a STEM career of their choice and then learn how to create aPowerPoint presentation in order to share their learning with the class. They will learn about STEM careers while also learning new technology skills.
Nancy Rentz, 2nd, 3rd & 4th grade teacher at Bay Elementary School, was awarded $2,000 for her “PLTW: Engineers at Work” project that is a program that provides transformative learning experiences for students in grades PreK-12 across the United States. By implementing their program in the classroom students become engaged in hands-on classroom activities that empower them to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they will need to thrive in the world today.
Using these materials, her classroom will be reinvented for her students. She has selected an engineering pathway that will engage her students to solve real-world challenges so they can reimagine how they see themselves.
Both of these projects will be implemented before the end of the 2018-19 School Year.
“We know that industries engaged in STEM disciplines will create a majority of high-value, high-wage jobs and within ten years, almost nine out of ten new jobs will require education beyond a high school degree,” said Joe York, AT&T Florida President. “We are pleased to make this contribution because Florida’s K-12 education foundations are well positioned to be the link between schools and local businesses for students, enabling them to build connections with potential employers in their communities, get a sense of what careers they offer and the skill sets they require.”
Another CFEF contributor has followed AT&T’s lead to provide a similar STEM program with local impact throughout Florida. The Motorola Solutions Foundation is funding ten larger-scale projects through a competitive grant process.
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About the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF):
The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations.
Established in 1987, the CFEF seeks to advance student achievement in Florida by increasing private sector investment and involvement in public education. The CFEF now has 64 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they raise more than $64 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs.
The CFEF has provided more than $46 million to local education foundations since 2001 through various private- and public-sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.