Boeing awards Mesa Public Schools $301,000 for STEM initiatives
Thanks to four new grant awards from Boeing, Mesa Public Schools continues to offer innovative student-learning and professional development opportunities.
Boeing has provided $301,000 to fund science, technology, engineering and math grants, including:
- Engineering Is Elementary for pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade students — $77,000
- Claiming the Evidence: Promoting STEM Thinking in Grades K-6 — $120,000
- Making Space for Experimental Learning — $32,000
- KinderU: Math... it does a mind good — $72,000
Grant monies provide teachers with tools and skills to successfully integrate STEM into learning through hands-on projects, and the Space Integration Module (SIM) and Aeronautical Center for Exploration (ACE, formerly known as Flight Center).
"We are fortunate to continue our innovative practices for students and collaborative professional development through Boeing's ongoing support of our Engineering is Elementary and Claiming the Evidence programs," says Dr. Sean Enright, director of teaching and learning. "These programs have increased our teachers' capacity in STEM-related disciplines and provided our students with incredibly innovative learning opportunities. Boeing's support of our programs has spanned for well over the past three decades. We look forward to a continued partnership to enhance and advance our educational community."
Mesa Boeing employees have also benefited district students through annual donations such as school supplies and backpacks.
"We aspire to be a top performer in every area of our business, and that includes leading in the communities where our employees and their families live and work," says Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and chief executive officer. "By harnessing our teammates' unique skills and passion for giving, our professional networks and partnerships, and our financial resources, we will inspire the dreamers and doers of tomorrow and drive positive, lasting change in our communities across the globe."
Photo: Students enjoy an engaging lesson via the Aeronautical Center for Exploration, funded by Boeing's Making Space for Experimental Learning grant.