BSM Awarded STEM Grant valued at $6000
MISF Awards STEM Grant valued at $6000 to Benilde- at the 2018 Minnesota Private & Independent Education Awards Event
Thirty-five STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Grant Awards were presented to elementary and high schools throughout the state through MISF's STEM Program at the 2018 Minnesota Private and Independent Education Awards on April 29th at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. The awards program recognizes several outstanding K-8 and 9-12 teachers and leaders of the year, academic programs, staff and volunteers contributing to the success of private and independent schools in Minnesota. The STEM grant funding will assist schools in developing hands-on curriculum to prepare students to be workforce leaders in STEM careers. Supporters of the MISF STEM Program are the 3M Foundation, Schott Foundation, and Xcel Energy Foundation.
Benilde-St. Margaret's received a $6000 grant from the Minnesota Independent School Forum to introduce “Design Thinking” into Math, Computer Science, Engineering and Art. Design thinking is a real world entrepreneurial process in which the designer (whether an engineer, artist, or computer programmer) progresses through an iterative cycle to empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test. The grant money will be used to buy hardware (e.g. 3D printers) and software (e.g. computer aided design software) to help students design and prototype their ideas. "Our goal in this project is to give students authentic, engaging opportunities in the STEM fields that mimic potential future careers paths,” says Steve Pohlen, Director of Learning and Technology.