2017-10-12 / Community

Ubly schools gets $25K grant for STEM

By John Bonke
Staff Writer • jbonke@mihomepaper.com

UBLY - Ubly Community Schools has received a $25,000 to further STEM education through the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program. With the Grow Rural Education grant, the school district plans to outfit a new multi-disciplinary electronics and mechanical engineering course with upgraded technology and hands-on learning experiences for high school students.

Ubly Community Schools Superintendent Joseph Candela said, “This is second time that we have received the grant. We were delighted to receive the grant to help further develop and advance our robotics program.”

Candela added that robotics program advisor Mr. Stewart Kleliszwski “puts in a tremendous amount of time and energy to make his robotics program among the best. The work to put all the grant information together, again shows how committed he is to having the very best program.”

“Also, we cannot forget to thank Monsanto for providing us this opportunity to receive this grant. The monies from the grant will be use to directly benefit kids!” Candela also said.

Ubly Community Schools will use the Grow Rural Education grant to outfit a new multi-disciplinary electronics and mechanical engineering course with upgraded technology and hands-on learning experiences for high school students, according to a Monsanto news release.

To qualify for the grant, the Ubly school district had to be nominated by a local, eligible farmer and then submit a grant application describing their STEMfocused project. Ubly Community Schools’s grant application was chosen by the Grow Rural Education Farmer Advisory Council, which consists of approximately 30 farmer leaders from across the country with an interest in agriculture and education who review finalist applications.

The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

“The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program works with farmers to help make their local communities a better place by preparing their students for successful careers,” said Monsanto Fund President Al Mitchell. “The schools we’ve worked with tell us that the grants they receive through the Grow Rural Education program have real results. In many cases, students seem more excited and interested in what they’re learning and the programs funded by these grants have resulted in higher student engagement in STEM.”

In 2017, the Grow Rural Education program will award $2.3 million to deserving schools. Since the program began in 2011, it has awarded more than $14 million to more than 750 schools in rural communities across the United States.

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