Gray Patriot Parents Working to Bring S.T.E.A.M. Resources to Russell Elementary School
A proposal from by Tiffany Chandler & Julie Watt states,” As technology changes, traditional methods of teaching science and technology are rapidly changing as well. Textbooks, along with the occasional experiments are not sufficient. Students need a hands-on approach that allows them to engage in their subject. Learning through problem solving, creating, designing, and collaboration. This way of learning is essential to prepare them for the career paths of the future. Science & Technology, interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements, or S.T.E.A.M. as it is often referred to, is what will enhance in classroom learning for the children at Russell School in Gray, ME.”
That proposal prompted the Patriot Parents to collaborate with teachers and administrators at Russell School to develop a plan, which they believe, will enhance the learning experiences for all students. The group is currently conducting a find-raising campaign for donations to help support S.T.E.A.M. based learning in the classroom and through special programs.
The group has a 2-year implementation plan to acquire classroom materials, provide teacher training, and develop and conduct classroom presentations from local business and industry leaders.
According to Alicia Ferrante, the group’s Donation Coordinator, they are in need of monetary donations to help with the purchase of supplies and staff development, Volunteers from business and industry to make classroom presentations and basic Supplies like magnifying glasses, microscopes, marbles, Q-tips, clay, toothpicks, vinegar etc. for classroom experiment kits.
To help, visit their GoFundME page, or contact Ms. Ferrante at #ob#tnerggnirahr#at#znvar.ee.pbz#ob# or 207-671-4468. Monetary donations can also be sent to Russell School, checks payable to Patriot Parents, 8 Gray Park, Gray, ME 04039, Attn: Patriot Parents.