Tippecanoe School Corporation
Arconic grant to boost STEM in middle schools
Sue Scott

Middle school students will get additional equipment to pursue STEM activities thanks to a grant from the Arconic Foundation. The organization awarded TSC Engineering and Technology teacher Ricci Barber a $50,000 grant to enhance robotics throughout the corporation.

The Arconic Foundation awarded half of the grant to Battle Ground Middle School to purchase science equipment that will enhance new computer science standards being taught in sixth grade. The equipment includes a 3D printer, Sphero robots and an EZ Shake Table.

“The EZ Shake Table allows students to test a tower or another structure to see how well it does against an earthquake simulation,” says Barber. “The robotics equipment will provide a programming platform and enhance student problem solving and design capabilities.”

TSC will distribute the remainder of the funds to the other middle schools to be used for the purchase of science equipment to support computer science and engineering technology standards.

“Arconic has collaborated with First Robotics in order to further STEM education through robotics activities,” says Barber. “The ability of TSC to incorporate robotics activities will prepare our students for vital STEM careers.” 

Most of the equipment will be ready for students to use in August.