Dell Nashville STEAM Innovation Grant

The grant will fund student experiences and creative learning.

Hydroponic gardens, setting up a broadcast studio and designing a new traffic flow to keep bus riders safe – these are not examples of college courses; these are examples of future student projects at five MNPS colleges.

Five colleges have been selected to receive a total of nearly $ 16,000 to be used for projects that support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) creative learning and interdisciplinary studies across their school buildings. , thanks to a grant from Dell Nashville.
STEAM teachers from colleges across the district had the opportunity to apply for the Dell STEAM Innovation Grant, which has provided over $ 50,000 in funding to MNPS colleges over the past five years.

“These teachers are the teachers our children will remember forever, and we are excited to be able to provide funds to make their innovations possible in the hopes of igniting interest in STEAM at a young age,” said Shoshana Samuels, Principal Dell site and sales manager in the United States. “We continue to value our partnership with MNPS and the Community Foundation to provide engaging STEAM education and view this annual grant as a way to provide MNPS students with opportunities that will encourage continued interest. ”

Focusing the student experience is an important consideration for the STEAM Innovation Grant, and it’s something MNPS teachers have talked about in their applications. Taking student learning outside of textbook pages and into interactive experiences creates an even more dynamic learning environment for all students.
“This is an extremely important investment for students because it allows them to go beyond paper and pencil,” said Graham Spencer, math professor at Goodlettsville Middle School. “They are able to see the importance of what they are learning in the classroom and see the applicability of their studies in the real world.”

College of Antioch

The Antioch STEAM class received $ 3,000 to purchase professional audio and video podcasting equipment to teach students about audio and video engineering with a plan to broadcast sporting events and other school activities.

“Investing in our students is more important and necessary than ever for several reasons. With technology changing so rapidly, it is essential that we teach our students skills that will be useful for future jobs, ”said Tomás Yan, STEAM teacher at Antioch.

Antioch is no stranger to creative and innovative projects created in part through the Dell STEAM Innovation Fellowship – the school has been awarded three scholarships.

Croft Middle Design Center

Croft was awarded $ 999 to purchase a Hydroponic Garden Tower, which is a vertical aeroponic garden system that will allow students to grow their own produce in the classroom using only water and liquid nutrients while learning about healthy eating and agricultural techniques.

“Exposure is the most important determining factor in choosing a career,” said Dr. Julie Petway, science professor at Croft. “This investment in new garden towers means I can expose my students to a healthy lifestyle and growth, enabling them to engage in a healthy lifestyle while incorporating our scientific standards.”

Goodlettsville College

The voice of the students was at the heart of the candidacy submitted by Goodlettsville math professor Graham Spencer.
“My students have been incredibly invested in the grant process. It started before I applied. I asked my students to complete the application themselves to gauge their interest and see what ideas they have to increase STEAM activities in our school. A common theme that was presented was real world applications and creating a safer school environment. We set our goal together: to create a safer school by designing traffic mitigation efforts for our school’s dedicated bus lane, ”said Spencer.

Through the Dell STEAM Innovation Grant, Goodlettsville received $ 4,500 to purchase equipment that will be used to design an alternative route to reduce traffic in the school parking lot and improve safety for students and students. professors, using skills such as research, design and engineering.

John F. Kennedy College

Dr Jacqueline Price, librarian at JFK Middle, submitted the grant application in the hope that students can take STEAM learning materials home – continuing their learning even outside of school.

“Receiving this grant provides our library with a wonderful opportunity to help our students ‘do checks’ and engage in STEAM activities,” Price said.

JFK Middle’s STEAM Makerspace will house new STEAM kits that can be viewed – like library books – allowing students to participate in active, hands-on learning at home, thanks to their $ 3,000 prize.

McMurray College

A science and social studies class at McMurray will use its $ 4,469 scholarship to help create a STEAM program that supports every student, especially their EL population. They plan to purchase new telescopes, microscopes, digital cameras, heating pads and other materials.

“A student cannot love what he cannot experience. With Dell’s partnership and support, our talented and innovative teachers can imagine and create unique experiences for their students with a focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math, ”said Dr. Jennifer Berry, Director of MNPS STEAM and Science. “These experiences create wonder, wonder and opportunity for students exploring their world. We thank Dell for providing $ 50,000 to public schools in the greater Nashville area over the past five years.

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