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Lincoln Elementary Schools Awarded Grant for New STEM Programs

kahoa elementary schoolExciting news for students of Kahoa and Pyrtle elementary schools in Lincoln, Nebraska: thanks to a new corporate grant from Big Red Keno, they will soon have their own STEM after-school programs!

On April 12th, Big Red Keno announced the awarding of more than $70,000 through its science and math program. 10 elementary and secondary schools in Nebraska received funding, including Kahoa and Pyrtle elementary schools.

As the Lincoln Journal-Star noted in their article about the announcement, these after-school programs should help greatly with getting schools interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. The application process took place in the fall; recipients received grants between $6,000 and $8,000. The funded programs will be run from March through May.

The Lincoln YMCA after-school STEM club at Kahoa will culminate in a Science Open House on April 27th at 4pm. Kahoa’s program is centered around STEM projects for third- through fifth-grade students, who will showcase their group projects and inventions at the aforementioned date. At Pyrtle elementary, the grant will fund an ongoing Lincoln YMCA after-school STEM club.

As part of Big Red Keno’s commitment to strengthening our communities, we are proud to support math and science education through our Science & Math Program,” Dan Pankow, Big Red Keno President and CEO, said. “We’re impressed by the variety of projects and programs the recipient schools have developed to enhance math and science curriculum and are pleased that so many students will be encouraged to collaborate, think creatively, and actively learn about the world around them.”

This is obviously very exciting news for the Lincoln YMCA as well as Kahoa and Pyrtle elementary schools. We’ve said many times before that one of the biggest keys to closing the skills gap is educating students at a young age, so it’s tremendous to see new programs being formed that do just that! We’re very excited for the students of Kahoa and Pyrtle elementary schools, and can’t wait to see the projects they come up with!

Photo credit: Dr. Jane Stavem

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