AFBFA Announces Grants for Middle- and After-School STEM ‘Maker Kits’
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded a total of $10,000 in grants to 10 middle school science classrooms and 10 after-school programs serving middle school-age students. Participating schools will receive $500 each to pilot a new Maker Kit challenge developed by the Foundation. The STEM-focused kits encourage students to research scenarios related to food production and build their own models to solve a challenge
The selected middle schools are: Waialua Intermediate (Waialua, Hawaii), Contentnea-Savannah K-8 STEM School (Kinston, North Carolina), Chocktaw Middle School (Chocktaw, Oklahoma), Hillsman Middle School (Athens, Georgia), ThomasHarrison Middle School (Harrisonburg, Virginia), Osage Middle School (Osage, Iowa), Esparto Middle School (Esparto, California), Unadilla Valley Central School (New Berlin, New York), Buddy Taylor Middle School (Palm Coast, Florida) and Chelland Middle School (Sterling, Illinois).
The selected after-school programs are: North Callaway R-1 Before/After-School Program (Kingdom City, Missouri), Woodland Joint Unified School District ASES Program (Woodland, California), Waialua Intermediate “Pride” Program (Waialua, Hawaii), Byron Area Schools After-School Program (Byron, Michigan), Gateway Polytechnic Academy (Mesa, Arizona), Dauphin County 4-H After-School Program (Dauphin, Pennsylvania), Thomas Jefferson Middle School (Edison, New Jersey), Colonial Heights Middle School STEM Club (Kingsport, Tennessee), Loudon County Schools After-School Program (Loudon, Tennessee) and After-School STEM Program (Colwich, Kansas).