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Grant to be Awarded for Engineering/Robotics MS and HS Program

On March 7 a grant of $2500 was awarded to Hiram High School's Bridge-Gap STEM Program at the Paulding Education Foundation Board Meeting. The Paulding Education Foundation is awarding a grant to fund robotics nd engineering education in Paulding County middle and high schools. In an effort to respond to the concern about America's ability to be competitive in the global economy, Bridge Gap STEM Initiative has accepted the call to action to strengthen the pipeline into STEM fields. Director, Leon Grant, Hiram High School Pre-engineering teacher and Co-Director, Vickie Grant, LMMS Physical Science teacher have been leading the way since 2006. Bridge Gap is a Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Initiative. The goal of this Initiative is to excite and engage middle and high school students in STEM areas whereby students are active learners and not disengaged observers.

Bridge Gap offers a mentoring program in which high school pre-engineering students partner with middle school students utilizing middle school robotics teams culminating in a county wide robotics competition.

New to the STEM Initiative this year is "School Break" STEM winter workshops for students in grades 5th -8th. Bridge Gap is proud to offer three one-day, hands-on, project-based STEM workshops that focus on Robotics, Game Design, and Architecture.

Students are currently engaged in project -based learning, co-curricular and extracurricular activities. Hiram High School students have partnered with the Architecture, Construction, & Engineering (ACE) Mentoring program. Students meet 2 hours a week for 20 weeks with a variety of professionals involved with the building industry-architects, engineers, and construction managers. The students complete real world projects under the guidance of ACE mentors. Last year, the students engaged in a design challenge where they designed the Maynard Jackson International terminal at the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. Hiram High School students, Trevor Owens and Chris O'Hara won first place in this student design competition. Trevor Owens was also selected to participate in a week long residency program at the famous architectural icon "Fallingwater," designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

In addition, Hiram High School students are participating in the 2012 'Real World Design Challenge' (RWDC). The (RWDC) is an annual high school competition run by a public-private partnership with the goal of sustainably increasing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. The partners are focused on working within the context of the American educational system to transform STEM education in the United States by providing professional science and engineering and learning resources to students and teachers.

Initial $8000 Donation to STEM BridgeGap High School and Middle School Robotics Program.

In an effort to respond to the concern about America's ability to be competitive in the global economy, Bridge Gap STEM Initiative has accepted the call to action to strengthen the pipeline into STEM fields. Director, Leon Grant, Hiram High School Pre-engineering teacher and Co-Director, Vickie Grant, LMMS Physical Science teacher have been leading the way since 2006. Bridge Gap is a Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Initiative. The goal of this Initiative is to excite and engage middle and high school students in STEM areas whereby students are active learners and not disengaged observers.

Bridge Gap offers a mentoring program in which high school pre-engineering students partner with middle school students utilizing middle school robotics teams culminating in a county wide robotics competition.

New to the STEM Initiative this year will be "School Break" STEM winter workshops for students in grades 5th-8th. Bridge Gap is proud to offer three one-day, hands-on, project-based STEM workshops that focus on Robotics, Game Design, and Architecture. In the robotics workshop students will use the NXT robot to design and build a rescue robot that hangs from a cable system. In the Game Design workshop, students will use Unity to design and build their own computer game. In the Architecture workshop students will follow the design process and use Google SketchUP to design their dream homes and community.

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A Special Thanks to our Contributors

The Paulding Education Foundation would like to thank GA Power for their $2,000 contribution on January 12, 2016

The Paulding Education Foundation would like to thank Hardy Automotive Group for the presenting sponsorship of the 3rd Annual Casino Royal February 27, 2016.

The Paulding Education Foundation would like to congratulate the students who were awarded the 2015 Foundation Scholarships.