By Kim Wall
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Posted in: Campus News
Students in the NASA based Orion's Quest program learn about the impact of zero gravity on worms and butterflies.
The University of New Hampshire at Manchester received a $25K grant from the Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation in support of the UNH STEM Discovery Lab.
Kathy Cook, Bean Foundation Grant Manager, sees the lab as a great resource for students in Manchester. “Our trustees are deeply committed to education and see the STEM Discovery Lab as a cutting edge opportunity for students in Manchester,” said Cook. “The Bean Foundation wanted to support our students having this kind of eye opening chance to see the world in a different way. And this also inspires educators, so it’s a win-win all around.”
The Manchester school district shares Cook's enthusiasm about the UNH STEM Discovery Lab.
David Ryan, Manchester School District Assistant Superintendent, believes the lab will help expand opportunities for students in the Manchester School District as many students do not have the means to learn with technology in their homes. “UNH has given our students another way to connect with the 21st Century and provide a spark for their own thinking and futures. We are very grateful," he said.
"As one of our partners in developing the STEAM program at Manchester High School West, UNH Manchester continues to be the community university many of our students look to as a gateway to a brighter future. The STEM Discovery Lab is the latest example of their commitment to making sure that gateway is wide open for all."
The UNH STEM Discovery Lab was created in partnership with the Manchester School District, Granite United Way, Mill Falls Charter School, and other community organizations. The goal is to create a challenging, hands-on learning community where K-12 students and their teachers will be engaged in the authentic integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and language arts through a research-based curriculum.
Cultivating passion and improving attitudes towards STEM disciplines at an early age is essential to increasing the STEM pipeline in New Hampshire. Find out more about the UNH STEM Discovery Lab online, including which courses are currently being offered, by visiting manchester.unh.edu/stemlab.
About the Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation:
The Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation was established in 1967 as a general purpose foundation to serve the communities of Manchester and Amherst and, consistent with the wishes of the founders, grants are made in the fields of arts and humanities, education, environment, health, human services, and public/society benefit.