The Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) and Main Street Elementary (MSE) were recently notified that they are winners in the CenturyLink 2018-19 Teachers and Technology Grant Program, which recognizes innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects in the classroom.

The $800 grant received by ECEC and the $4,785 grant received by MSE are part of $750,000 awarded by the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation across 34 states this year, funding 180 classroom projects. ECEC’s and MSE’s winning grant applications were selected from approximately 1,300 total submissions and are two of eleven recipients in the state of Missouri.

MSE’s Library and Media Specialist, Sharon Schulp, noted, “Using Spheros will engage students and provide them real-world learning experiences in all curricular areas. Students will be actively learning and obtaining logic and coding skills that will be needed in their future job endeavors.”

The STEM project for which Mrs. Schlup, MSE Library and Media Specialist, received the CenturyLink grant is focused on coding in the elementary classroom. ECEC students in Mrs. Flinn’s class will have the opportunity to enhance their writing skills through technology.

 “The iPad pens that have been purchased with this grant will provide another opportunity to support ECEC students with developing beginning writing skills such as pencil grip and letter formation,” ECEC Principal Dr. Kelly Groeber said. “IPads are highly motivating to our students, so adding this tool will provide fun, hands-on opportunities to practice early writing skills.”

The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation has awarded more than $11 million through the Teachers and Technology grant program since 2008.

“STEM learning helps students think more creatively, view the world through a different lens, and question what is known in the search for new possibilities,” said Sondra Smith, CenturyLink director of corporate social responsibility. “This is where real innovation and solutions to complex problems live.”

Grants funded through the CenturyLink program will provide a range of equipment to classrooms this year, including robotics, drones, virtual reality mechanisms, laptops, microscopes, and more.nology” online.


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