STEM Middle School in running for share of $200,000 grant

Online voting ends Jan. 27

DEARBORN — The Dearborn Public Schools STEM Middle School is asking for the community’s to help it earn a grant of up to $30,000.

Students and staff at the school have worked to complete the grant application and create a video that shows how their school is preparing students for the demands of the 21st century.

They now need your help in securing their share of the grant money. They are asking the community to go to the Follett Challenge website — http://follettchallenge.com/videos/814 — and vote for their video, “Students Today Impacting Tomorrow.”

Voting started Jan. 23 and runs through Jan. 27. The video portion of the grant application counts for 20 percent of the school’s final score.

“We strive to include a variety of ‘hands-on,’ interactive lessons in our daily classroom learning, all with the goal of exposing our students to everything STEM,” Principal Julia Maconochie said.

The school is planning on using the money to purchase items that will support and enhance classroom instruction. A big part of the instructional component at the school involves project-based learning that allows students to apply concepts taught in the classroom to solve real world problems.

Although only in its third year, the school is already making an impact on student learning. The school earned a spot on the state of Michigan’s list of Reward Schools ranking in the top 15 out of the 219 schools making the list.

In order to get this designation, a school must either be ranked in the top 5 percent academically, have shown significant academic progress or have performed better than predicted.

The Follett Challenge is sponsored by Follett School Solutions, a 140-year-old company and one of the largest providers of educational materials and technology solutions. Grant recipients will be selected by a team of Follett judges who will review all submissions to determine the winners.