Three Augusta Prep teachers have been accepted for STEM grants from Battelle’s Columbus Foundation. Eric Miller will receive a $5,000 grant, while Mary White and Elinor Tyre will each receive $2,500.
Miller's grant is for his proposal titled Developing Critical Thinking and Problem-solving Through Middle School Design Lab and Non-calculus based Engineering. Through this course, students will:
Learn the fundamentals of engineering design, including problem identification, brainstorming, prototyping, reverse engineering and testing.
Develop critical thinking skills by analyzing complex problems and developing creative solutions.
Enhance their communication skills by presenting their ideas and designs to their peers and instructors.
Build teamwork and collaboration skills by working in groups to complete design challenges.
The grant will be used to purchase a 3D printer and testing equipment for the school's engineering lab, as well as to cover the cost of materials - chassis, batteries, controllers, servos, and more.
White's grant is for her proposal titled Radio Electronics and Satellite Technology. The grant will support our space science program and facilitate our pursuit of a NASA CubeSat launch, while also providing the necessary supplies and equipment for teams of students in grades 7-12 to develop the essential skills in electronics, radio science, and CubeSat technology required for a successful NASA CubeSat proposal.
Tyre's grant is for her proposal titled Today’s Tools for Tomorrow’s Leaders : Coding and Robotics in the Lower School. The grant will support the Lower School by funding a STEM enrichment program that will introduce students in grades K-4 to robotics and physical computing. Augusta Prep is implementing weekly 45-minute STEM classes for all students in Kindergarten through Fourth grade where students will cycle through coding and robotics lessons, building upon their existing knowledge.
Construction continues on Augusta Prep's one-of-a-kind in the Augusta community STEM building, the Giles Institute, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. Groundbreaking for this $11.2 million building started in January, and the Giles Institute, a new two-story facility will be the arena in which Augusta Prep students sharpen their skills for college and the workplace (design thinking, prototyping, problem solving, programming, and presenting their novel concepts and innovative creations), is expected to open for classes in January 2024.
Batelle, according to its website, "...champions the vision of our founder Gordon Battelle to translate scientific discovery and technology advances into societal benefits." Read more about Battelle here.
Augusta Preparatory Day School is an independent, college preparatory school serving children ages 2 through Grade 12 from the greater Augusta-Aiken area. Augusta Prep seeks to enroll a group of diverse students. We follow an open admission policy, whereby qualified candidates are admitted without regard to religion, race, nationality, economic background, or ethnic origin.