Elizabeth Forward lands $20,000 STEAM grant

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Elizabeth Forward School District has received a $20,000 STEAM grant to create a fabrication lab at the high school.

The project, called Operation Innovation, was discussed at the Elizabeth Forward school board meetings on Wednesday night.

Assistant superintendent Todd Keruskin said the Grable Foundation, the Benedum Foundation and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit provided the grant, which will be used to retrofit a classroom with three-dimensional printers and vinyl printers.

Students will be able to design three-dimensional objects in the computer, then make them on the 3-D printers, a school official said.

Mr. Keruskin said he is also trying to get a $56,000 grant that would be shared by Elizabeth Forward and the Pittsburgh, McKeesport, West Allegheny, Seneca Valley and Central Greene school districts to create more learning

games for their SMALL computer labs.

The SMALL labs enable students to play learning games by manipulating objects projected onto the floor with wands to learn concepts they have trouble with, such as fractions, Mr. Keruskin said.

If the districts receive the grant from the Grable Foundation, he said the new games will be shared among the districts.

Educational research has shown that some students learn concepts better when they are moving, rather than sitting at desks.

First Published June 26, 2014 12:00 AM

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