Staff, students and parents at Edmonds’ Holy Rosary School are celebrating the news that their school has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Garneau-Nicon Family Foundation for a new Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) lab.
The grant will allow Holy Rosary students to benefit from new laptop computers, K-8 aligned science curriculum, and LEGO Robotics. Teachers will also receive professional development opportunities and STEM-related field trips for their classes.
“This grant will have a significant impact on our students and staff,” said Holy Rosary Principal Sue Venable. “By having a solid understanding of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), our students will be better equipped to handle high school and college-level curriculum. Holy Rosary School is igniting enthusiastic life-long learning through this STEM lab.”
Through collaboration with their peers and project-based learning, Venable said Holy Rosary students are learning how to solve real-life problems, conducting research to support their work, and using technology and math for constructing robots and complex machines. Key learning values include investigating, designing solutions, learning programing and coding skills, exercising critical thinking and problem solving, engaging students in science by making it real and relevant, and integrating digital tools to improve computational skills.
The Garneau-Nicon Family Foundation supports charitable purposes in the Greater Puget Sound region, emphasizing scientific, medical, religious, artistic or literary projects.