Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) has reported grants nearly $50,000 for 15 innovative classroom STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) projects in grades 6-12.
Due to COVID-19 and the shift to remote learning TAF expanded the scope of its grant review process to support distance learning and teaching utilizing novel ways to use incorporate hands-on activities such as coding, robotics, remote learning software, and 3D printing.
“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics occupations play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy. STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators,” said TAF President, John Anderson. “The grants make the STEM classroom more exciting for both teachers and students.”
Among them are granted for students to learn and address community issues such as environmental science, engineering, geometry, math, and physics. All novel ways to utilize STEM in the classroom or virtual learning.
For example, students at West Hollow Middle School, Melville, NY will purchase environmental robotics supply source to create an automated growing system that could collect long-term plant data for use in the ISS during space travel or in terrestrial applications where urbanization or climate concerns require the growth of food to be done indoors. Harvested produce will be made available to those in our community struggling with food insecurity through our partnership with a local food bank.
Toshiba America Foundation’s grants aim to fund projects designed by innovative classroom teachers. This “direct-to-teacher” approach brings immediate results. Teachers can enhance the way they teach STEM subjects because the grant supports equipment for hands-on experiments and project-based learning in the curriculum. At TAF, we believe that learning STEM subjects is a lot more fun and engaging than just reading a textbook.