Kindergarten, first- and second-graders in the Ada school system will benefit from science, technology, engineering, and math kits provided by the Ada Rotary Club. Club President Veneshia Ferdinand applied for a grant to purchase the kits through a Rotary district grant in the amount of $3,541.85, with $885.45 matched by the Ada Rotary Club, for a total of $4,427.32.
According to Ada Junior High teacher and Oklahoma STEM master teacher Andrea Appleman, STEM education is a cross-cutting approach to science.
STEM incorporates the disciplines of math and science while promoting critical thinking and problem solving in real-world scenarios. It demonstrates that science does not stand alone and relies heavily on other curriculums to be complete. Children will learn to think like real scientists and engineers as they build and test a variety of projects.
The kits, placed in each classroom, come with lesson plans to assist teachers in focusing students’ learning about the STEM concepts.
Paula Kedy, director of curriculum and instruction for Ada City Schools, said the Ada City Schools is committed to building a strong foundation in STEM education.
The Rotary grant will allow early childhood students to participate in hands-on learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with Rotary on this special STEM initiative," Kedy said.