January 8, 2013
Communities In Schools received $20,000 today from the Verizon Foundation to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education initiatives. CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg is among five Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) affiliates receiving similar grants from the Verizon Foundation. For CIS-Charlotte, the grant will provide enhanced STEM-related programming and equipment - such as new math and science labs, job shadowing in STEM fields, STEM related service learning and other activities - at Charlotte's Performance Learning Center High School (PLC). Students will be guided in maximizing the use of mobile technology in the classroom, such as recording data and analyzing results for various science experiments.
“The focus on careers in science, technology, engineering, and math has never been greater, and for good reason,” said Molly Shaw, executive director of CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. “These are some of the most promising and exciting career options available to students today. We’re thrilled that – thanks to the Verizon grant – our students here at the Performance Learning Center will have increased exposure to STEM careers and related technology. This is a fantastic way to kick off the new year.”
The check was presented at the Performance Learning Center to an enthusiastic crowd of students, PLC and CIS staff. The event also featured a 40-foot mobile “STEM Bus,” created as an outreach project by North Carolina Community Colleges and BioNetwork to inspire students across N.C. to explore life science careers. After the check presentation, officials from Verizon, CIS, and students and staff from the PLC and nearby Druid Hills Academy were invited to tour and experience the interactive STEM Bus. The Bus features activities related to technical careers across North Carolina, allowing students to learn about many STEM subject areas such as manufacturing, aerospace, healthcare and green technologies, through individual job tasks in short experiments or mini labs.