Florham Park-based BASF Corporation awarded 20 New Jersey schools $5,000 each to support science education programs. The 2018 Science Education Grants will enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related initiatives for students in grades K-12.
“Our support of these schools allows for additional resources to help build and expand STEM programs, while supporting learning opportunities for educators,” said Robin Rotenberg, fice president and chief communications officer for North America at BASF Corporation. “Providing more access to high-quality STEM learning gives students a newfound confidence in becoming the next generation of successful innovators and leaders.”
Each year BASF invites all New Jersey public and charter schools to submit a proposal summarizing their specific science education needs and how a grant would help students explore STEM. This year, the company received 73 proposals from schools in 20 out of 21 counties in the state.
Past recipients have used their grants to advance learning about the environment, robotics engineering and technology. For example, 7th graders from Clinton Public School in Hunterdon County studied “Limb-gineering”, working in a 3-D printing lab to design, print and build prosthetic limbs. Lincoln Middle School in Hudson County created an opportunity for “Girls in Engineering” to learn about STEM activities by designing and building wooden canoes which they used to launch a water testing and monitoring system in the Passaic River.
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