Skip to main content

Palmetto Parent

Sponsored Content

Students Prosper from STEM Education

Mar 10, 2017 05:58PM ● Published by Brian O

Education is particularly critical for today’s students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, as the number of jobs with an emphasis in STEM is expected to grow significantly over the next 10 years, according to the National Science and Math Initiative.

With the right funding, schools across the country are putting an emphasis on STEM education and looking for new ways to make a difference in the lives of their students and their communities. For Rochelle Middle School in Rochelle, Illinois, a $25,000 grant from the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, enabled the school to enhance its science curriculum by exposing students to STEM-related career opportunities and preparing students for the workforce. The program included the purchase of a 3D printer to introduce students to the technology and bring their designs and ideas to life.

Shortly after the program began, the students learned about a local farmer who lost his arm in an accident while working in the field and they began working on a program to use the 3D printer to build a fully-functioning prosthesis for him.   

Other Americas Farmers Grow Rural Education grants have helped schools expand their science curriculum by building greenhouses, continuing a remote-operated-vehicle science program, developing a livestock learning laboratory on a high school campus and others.

“STEM education is a vital foundation for the future of students and communities,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “With the support of local farmers, we are proud to provide resources to engage and excite students in their STEM educations, and help them understand practical applications of their studies.”

Since starting the program, Rochelle Middle School’s parents and teachers have noticed a change in students, as they seem more engaged and excited to learn. Many even stay after school for an independent study course with their science teacher.

“The grant helped enhance our STEM offering to students and show them what their futures could hold,” said Vic Worthington, Rochelle Middle School science instructor. “In middle school, it’s easy for these students to go to school each day, but not understand the full picture of possibilities of their futures. Through this program, schools are able to put possibilities in front of students they couldn’t have previously dreamed of.”

The Grow Rural Education program is seeking nominations from farmers through April 1, 2017, to help provide rural public schools with funding for STEM projects. Since the program began partnering with farmers in 2011, more than $11 million has been awarded to help rural schools in need. To learn more about the program or how farmers can nominate a school near them, visit GrowRuralEducation.com.

Sponsored by Monsanto Fund

Education, Lifestyle Family Features Family Features Lifestyle
  • Book Signing at Chocolatier Barrucand

    12/14/2017
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Author Ann Tarpley Francesco will be back home in the Carolinas with a book signing to be held at...


  • Speedway Christmas 2017

    12/14/2017
    06:00PM

    Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its ...


  • Coerver Center Excellence

    12/14/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Description: Center of Excellence, Winter 2017/18 Join in the 4 week COE Season Across Dece...


  • Miracle on 34th Street : The Musical

    12/14/2017
    08:00PM — 10:30PM

    A holiday classic from the writer of the musical theatre classic, The Music Man!, and based on th...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • MEMORY CAFE´

    12/20/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    • Free event open to anyone experiencing dementia, their loved ones and/or their care partners. S...


  • DUKE ENERGY SKATE FOR STEM NIGHT

    12/20/2017
    03:00PM — 08:00PM

    Study more and skate for free! Free skating for the first 50 K - 12 students with a report card o...


  • DUKE ENERGY SKATE FOR STEM NIGHT

    12/20/2017
    03:00PM — 11:00PM

    Study more and skate for free! Free skating for the first 50 K - 12 students with a report card o...


  • Book Signing at Chocolatier Barrucand

    12/14/2017
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Author Ann Tarpley Francesco will be back home in the Carolinas with a book signing to be held at...


  • Speedway Christmas 2017

    12/14/2017
    06:00PM

    Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its ...


  • Coerver Center Excellence

    12/14/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Description: Center of Excellence, Winter 2017/18 Join in the 4 week COE Season Across Dece...


  • Miracle on 34th Street : The Musical

    12/14/2017
    08:00PM — 10:30PM

    A holiday classic from the writer of the musical theatre classic, The Music Man!, and based on th...


  • COLUMBIA, S.C. – Anna Callendar Brackett was an early feminist philosopher, and a pioneer in high...


  • Speedway Christmas 2017

    12/15/2017
    06:00PM

    Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its ...


  • Miracle on 34th Street : The Musical

    12/15/2017
    08:00PM — 10:30PM

    A holiday classic from the writer of the musical theatre classic, The Music Man!, and based on th...


  • This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. ...


  • Breakfast with Santa

    12/16/2017
    08:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join Historic Columbia for a holiday treat to remember! Enjoy a continental breakfast in our cozy...


  • Trade the Galaxy at Upstate BI-LO Stores

    12/16/2017
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    WHAT: BI-LO stores across the Upstate are hosting a galactic event in anticipation of the new St...


  • Speedway Christmas 2017

    12/16/2017
    06:00PM

    Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its ...


  • Miracle on 34th Street : The Musical

    12/16/2017
    08:00PM — 10:30PM

    A holiday classic from the writer of the musical theatre classic, The Music Man!, and based on th...


  • This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. ...


  • This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. ...


  • Speedway Christmas 2017

    12/17/2017
    06:00PM

    Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its ...


  • Miracle on 34th Street : The Musical

    12/17/2017
    08:00PM — 10:30PM

    A holiday classic from the writer of the musical theatre classic, The Music Man!, and based on th...


  • Skate United

    12/19/2017
    03:00PM — 08:00PM

    Everyone can skate for just $5, courtesy of United Community Bank


  • United Skate

    12/19/2017
    03:00PM — 08:00PM

    Everyone can skate for just $5, courtesy of United Community Bank


  • Discover the astonishing power of horse guided ​human development. Engage directly with unbridled...


  • MEMORY CAFE´

    12/20/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    • Free event open to anyone experiencing dementia, their loved ones and/or their care partners. S...


  • DUKE ENERGY SKATE FOR STEM NIGHT

    12/20/2017
    03:00PM — 08:00PM

    Study more and skate for free! Free skating for the first 50 K - 12 students with a report card o...


  • DUKE ENERGY SKATE FOR STEM NIGHT

    12/20/2017
    03:00PM — 11:00PM

    Study more and skate for free! Free skating for the first 50 K - 12 students with a report card o...


  • Speedway Christmas 2017

    12/21/2017
    06:00PM

    Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its ...


  • Speedway Christmas 2017

    12/22/2017
    06:00PM

    Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its ...


  • Speedway Christmas 2017

    12/23/2017
    06:00PM

    Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its ...


  • Speedway Christmas 2017

    12/24/2017
    06:00PM

    Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its ...


  • Skate United

    12/26/2017
    03:00PM — 08:00PM

    Everyone can skate for just $5, courtesy of United Community Bank


  • United Skate

    12/26/2017
    03:00PM — 08:00PM

    Everyone can skate for just $5, courtesy of United Community Bank


  • DUKE ENERGY SKATE FOR STEM NIGHT

    12/27/2017
    03:00PM — 08:00PM

    Study more and skate for free! Free skating for the first 50 K - 12 students with a report card o...


  • DUKE ENERGY SKATE FOR STEM NIGHT

    12/27/2017
    03:00PM — 11:00PM

    Study more and skate for free! Free skating for the first 50 K - 12 students with a report card o...


  • Speedway Christmas 2017

    12/28/2017
    06:00PM

    Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its ...


  • Speedway Christmas 2017

    12/29/2017
    06:00PM

    Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its ...


  • Speedway Christmas 2017

    12/30/2017
    06:00PM

    Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its ...


  • Speedway Christmas 2017

    12/31/2017
    06:00PM

    Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its ...


  • Skate United

    01/02/2018
    03:00PM — 08:00PM

    Everyone can skate for just $5, courtesy of United Community Bank


  • United Skate

    01/02/2018
    03:00PM — 08:00PM

    Everyone can skate for just $5, courtesy of United Community Bank


  • DUKE ENERGY SKATE FOR STEM NIGHT

    01/03/2018
    03:00PM — 08:00PM

    Study more and skate for free! Free skating for the first 50 K - 12 students with a report card o...


  • DUKE ENERGY SKATE FOR STEM NIGHT

    01/03/2018
    03:00PM — 11:00PM

    Study more and skate for free! Free skating for the first 50 K - 12 students with a report card o...