COLUMBUS, Ohio–Battelle today announced it has awarded nearly half a million dollars in grants supporting interdisciplinary education projects that rethink Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM ) learning outside the classroom. The five winning projects, the first under the new Battelle STEM Grant Program, integrate STEM with a diverse mix of disciplines, including the arts, digital technology, dance and theater.
“At Battelle we know a high-quality STEM education is deeply integrated with the arts and creativity,” said Eric Fingerhut, Vice President for STEM Learning at Battelle. “And we believe every student can succeed in STEM, especially if they engage with it through the subject that most inspires them to learn.”
The STEM Grant Program challenged Central Ohio informal education organizations to dream up cutting-edge ways to align STEM and creative disciplines, while mapping learning objectives to the Common Core State Standards. Museums, libraries, zoos and other out-of-classroom environments are well-positioned to advance the Common Core’s call for innovative, inquiry-based instruction, and have been recognized as key drivers in raising student achievement.
“Central Ohio has an outstanding arts and cultural community, doing some very exciting work in education,” said Jeff Wadsworth, President and CEO of Battelle. “Battelle wanted to help support that work and align it to our STEM education strategy. It’s been a pleasure to see these excellent ideas develop over the past several months and begin to become reality.”
The five projects Battelle funded include:
- Surge Columbus: A Creative Circuit for Youth – a project of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus Museum of Art, COSI, Wexner Center for the Arts, and WOSU ($300,000)
- Living Library Museum – a project of the Granville Studio for the Visual Arts and Reynoldsburg City Schools ($50,000)
- The Wiggle Jig Program – a project of Ballet Met ($50,000)
- Science of Glass & Polymers – a project of The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology ($25,000)
- STEAM Residency – a project of CATCO ($35,000)
Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle makes the world better by commercializing technology, giving back to our communities, and supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. For more information, visit www.battelle.org.
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