TWIN FALLS, Idaho — STEM education is going to be a little easier for a local elementary school thanks to a new grant.
Rock Creek Elementary has received a $5,000 grant from the Bayer Fund to help 2nd-grade 21st-century learners make connections across all curriculum areas using STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) coding activities.
The Twin Falls School District says the grant will give students hands-on opportunities to explore, create, and share scientific discoveries using the STEM area of coding.
They will have opportunities to collaborate together, and through that collaboration, have the opportunity to become confident higher-level thinkers with their questioning and exploration strategies, the district said.
The goal is for students to strengthen their creative problem-solving skills and continue to grow in their ability to present their learning in a project-based format.
"We are so grateful for the opportunity that Bayer Fund is providing for our 2nd-grade students to enrich their learning opportunities with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) that they may not have been exposed to without this very generous grant," the district said in a press release. "This grant will not only provide support to our organization but also the community we serve by allowing us to [share our learning with other students at Rock Creek as well as outside community members."
“Throughout the years, the grants given through Bayer Fund have helped strengthen our communities across the United States,” said Al Mitchell, President of Bayer Fund. “We’re proud to be able to provide support to develop programs that help combat challenges such as food insecurity, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and support services to patients and families managing an illness or disease.”