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Little Tigers STEM lab earns grant

Ralph Askins School has been awarded a $2,500 seed grant from the Science and Technology Education & Training (STEDTRAIN) committee for the implementation of the Little Tigers STEM Lab, which will be utilized by all little Tigers at RAS.

Mrs. Shana Smith, STEM lab facilitator, will create weekly lessons to support classroom learning, according to Cindy Young, Fayetteville City Schools’ supervisor. The little Tigers will experience at least one unique STEM activity per month.

The STEM lab facilitator will plan, develop, and create STEM activities to collaborate with the classroom curriculum.

The first project to be introduced in the Little Tigers STEM lab will be to build robots and program them using basic coding language, Young said. The Little Tigers Stem lab will develop and build on the natural curiosity of elementary students.

STEDTRAIN awarded 11 seed grants totaling over $26,600 to area educators in August for innovative hands-on classroom projects that will stimulate children’s interest in science and technology.