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St. Johns County Education Foundation Receives Grant for AT&T “STEM at Work” Project
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St. Johns County Education Foundation Receives Grant for AT&T “STEM at Work” Project

Forty four students at Sebastian Middle School will benefit from an AT&T “STEM” at Work grant through the St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF). AT&T Florida recently provided funds to challenge Florida’s district-wide local education foundations to create work-related experiences throughout the state.  The project’s aim is to provide students and teachers hands-on experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom that are directly linked to their coursework in science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM). Problem-solving, real-world application of STEM education concepts and critical thinking skills will all be key elements. To date, 31 projects have been funded—benefitting 2,477 students and 88 teachers around the state.

The SJCEF awarded Christine O’Kon and Chassity Johnson from Sebastian Middle School the AT&T “STEM” Work grant for their project entitled “Virtuality to Reality,” where seventh grade students will design an acoustically sound hallway.  “Virtuality to Reality” will run from January to June of this year with the help of Rulon Company, a leader in quality manufactured suspended wood ceilings and acoustic wooden walls.

The mission is to encourage students to use skills they learned in the classroom and translate them to actual work experience.  Students will apply mathematical applications into machines that will cut the wood needed to construct the hall. 

O’Kon and Johnson hope that this project will promote an understanding and interest in the field of engineering and Rulon Company is excited to help provide the tools and expertise necessary for its success.

“Floridians need to ensure that our youth have the tools they need to maximize their individual efforts to become contributing members of society.” said Marshall Criser, III, AT&T Florida President    “By concentrating on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum, this program will provide real life experiences that can help increase the number of Florida’s students graduating high school college- and career-ready.”

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