A talented eighth-grade volleyball player dreams of an athletic career, now with a technology back-up. A seventh grader with an aptitude for science sees a tangible place for design and technology. Her friend believes she can combine creativity and technology as one career.
A year ago, these Corryville Catholic Elementary students were not as focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) possibilities. However, the 3-d printer club at the school has sparked their imaginations. In fact, across the tri-state 13, 3-d printer clubs have increased:
- Technical skills by 55 percent;
- Seeing a way to address real-world problems by 40 percent;
- Perceived STEM usefulness and application by 17 percent;
- The ability to access situations differently by 15 percent; and
- Understanding the value of learning new technology by 12 percent.
And a $5,000 Best Buy community grant to the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative (GCSC) – a University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) community partner – will help fund returning clubs such as Corryville Catholic. Best Buy Community Grants support nonprofit organizations “that provide teens with places and opportunities to develop 21st century technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices,” according to the company’s website.
“The Best Buy grant means we can reach more students and that another community member is stepping forward and being part of the STEM solution,” GCSC Project Manager Mary Adams said.