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December 5, 2016  |  Blog, featured, news

At birth, children are natural-born scientists, engineers, and problem solvers. The world around them is filled with possibility, and they explore it through touching, tasting, building, dismantling, creating, discovering, and exploring. For kids, this isn’t education. It’s fun!

Yet, research documents that by the time students reach fourth grade, a third of boys and girls have lost an interest in science. By eighth grade, almost 50 percent have lost interest or deemed it irrelevant to their education or future plans.

boy-girl-cropWe want to change this giving our teachers and students the opportunity to see science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through a lens that is fun and engaging while developing student skills in critical thinking and problem solving. To do this, we are revitalizing STEM learning in our elementary schools. This year, Grandview Elementary became the district’s first accredited STEM school. Educators are implementing a curriculum that is steeped in STEM throughout all core subjects. The curriculum utilizes innovative products, such as Lego® WeDo 2.0 and Mindstorm, to immerse students in hands-on learning experiences grounded in real-world examples.

This is what fourth-grade students have to say after studying biomes in the Lego lab.

 img_9340“I loved the Lego lab it was cool to design an animal then give it adaptations to survive in another biome.”

 “I did not know the biome of Indiana until I finished the lab and built a deer.”

 “I learned that working in a group can be hard.”

Exposing children to STEM learning at younger ages is the first step in making them passionate about STEM and in building future career goals. Your gift to the Foundation helps fund programs and resources that inspire learning. We need your help again to ignite this passion and unlock the future potential of our students.

Will you renew your commitment to our students today? Your gift will provide resources that inspire teaching and enhance education experiences.

Thank you. When you support education, you unlock the future for children.

You can give today by clicking the blue donate button or mailing your check to FMCCS at 315 North Drive, Bloomington IN 47401.

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