Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST), has been awarded a $30,000 grant from Arconic Foundation. The money will be used to help transform six classrooms into innovation labs where design, fabrication, and the engineering design process can come to life in a maker’s environment. It is the first phase of a $230,000 project that involves redesigning and outfitting 15 rooms.
Through support from Arconic Foundation, the first Innovation Lab is already under construction, allowing GSMST to enhance its delivery of world-class instruction towards improvement. GSMST Principal IV Bray is excited about the project, saying “GSMST is built on three pillars of instruction. Biosciences has led the way during our first decade of STEM excellence but we are working hard on our other two pillars— Emerging Technologies and Engineering— and we are excited to welcome Arconic Foundation as a true partner along the way.”
This first phase will conclude in early 2018 and additional project funding will support the full redesign of five more Innovation Labs, a SCRUM room, a training and development room for STEM teachers, and a shared Maker Space for students during a second phase in the summer of 2018. When both phases are complete, the 15 rooms will serve as a critical home base for all 375 freshmen at GSMST.
GSMST offers a rigorous and accelerated STEM-based curriculum for all its students and one of the core academic experiences in the first year of enrollment is the completion of a two-period, year-long course which combines engineering foundations and concepts with physics. This mechanical engineering experience is a blend of college preparatory knowledge with software and technical skills that are required in today’s workplace.
Bray explains the importance of this grant, saying “As we enter our second decade at GSMST, we simply cannot serve our students in the way they deserve without the partnership and collaboration with organizations like Arconic Foundation that value the education and training that occurs in public schools.”
About Arconic Foundation
Arconic Foundation supports programs that help prepare the 21st century engineering and advanced manufacturing workforce. Arconic Foundation is an independently endowed foundation with assets of approximately $320 million and is the charitable arm of Arconic Inc. – which works in close partnership with customers to solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build, and power. Through collaboration with our nonprofit partners, our initiatives make quality STEM education opportunities available to students; support engineering and technical skills training through community colleges, technical schools, and universities around the world; and help to create access for underrepresented individuals to the STEM fields. The work of Arconic Foundation is further enhanced by the thousands of Arconic employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in their communities. Established in 2016, Arconic Foundation is active in 26 countries around the globe.
GSMST is an accelerated, STEM high school of choice in Gwinnett County Public Schools (Gwinnett County, GA). GSMST opened in the fall of 2007 and just completed its tenth year in 2016-17 when it was awarded the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. GSMST opened the 2017-18 school year with 1,040 students and 71 certified staff. GSMST accepts 375 rising freshmen each year from a lottery pool of 8th grade applicants. The upcoming lottery registration window for current eighth graders opens on November 1, 2017. See www.gsmst.org for additional details.
About Gwinnett County Public Schools
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is a two-time recipient of the Broad Prize for Urban Education and is the largest school district in Georgia. GCPS is home to 139 schools. GCPS opened the 2017-18 school year with an enrollment of almost 180,000 students and approximately 22,000 employees. See www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for additional details.
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