A Butler County elementary school has been awarded some money as part of both a national and state grant program.
Chicora Elementary- part of the Karns City School District- will receive $5,000 through the CenturyLink Teachers and Technology grant program.
The goal of the program is to equip students with tools to succeed in today’s digital economy. Teacher Dominique Borusiewicz submitted a project titled “Crazy For Coding,” which won Chicora the award. They were the only school in the state to be selected.
The grant will be used to purchase additional iPads for out students,” Principal Michael Stimac said in an interview. “Obviously, we want to put as many transformational tools in kids hands as possible.”
The Karns City District also received a state Department of Education PA Smart grant for $35,000 to put toward professional development, purchasing software and other coding equipment.
“Both grants offer a bit of excitement in creating a more solid K-12 copter science curriculum that is not only for the technology classes, but can also contribute towards what we do in our core classes as well,” he said.
These programs will increase the availability of STEM equipment in classrooms, including robotics, drones, virtual reality mechanisms, laptops and microscopes.