The Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) today announced over $33,000 in grants for 36 innovative K-5 classroom STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic) projects. Among these is a grant for students to learn about global issues such as climate change and water quality. For example, Amerman Elementary School in Northville, MI will use TAF funds to help students understand the importance of providing quality and usable water through the Great Lakes Water Engineering Project. Big Shanty Intermediate School in Kennesaw, GA will use TAF funds to introduce the issue of the decline of bee populations and things that can be done to revive through their Thrive in the Hive project. M.E. McKeown School in Newton, NJ will engage students on the Irma Proof Architectural Home Challenge project to research architectural design of buildings and structures that are made to withstand large hurricane force wind and build models. Madison School District in Adrian, MI will explore connections between the properties of magnets, the technological innovation of the maglev train, and the field of transportation engineering.
"TAF grants provide teachers with the tools they need to be more effective educators," said TAF President, John Anderson. "The grants make the STEM classroom more exciting for both teachers and students."
Toshiba America Foundation’s grants aim to fund projects designed by innovative classroom teachers. This “direct-to-teacher” approach brings immediate results. Teachers are able to enhance the way they teach STEM subjects because the grant supports equipment for hands-on experiments and project based learning to the curriculum. At TAF, we believe that learning STEM subjects is a lot more fun and engaging than just reading a textbook.
About Toshiba America Foundation
Founded in 1990 with support from Toshiba Corporation and the Toshiba America Group Companies, Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) is a non-profit grant making organization dedicated to helping classroom teachers make STEM learning fun and successful for K to 12 students in U.S. schools. TAF grants support public and nonprofit private schools throughout the United States. For more information, please visit: www.toshiba.com/taf.