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Kimpton's STEM classes to be featured at conference

Published: October 16, 2016 12:00 AM
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Kimpton Middle School's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) classes recently received a visit from the Galen and Ruth Roush (GAR) Foundation's film crew to interview and film the students completing STEM projects.

Last year, David Ternent and previous Stow-Munroe Falls employee, Jake Miller, wrote and received a $15,000 grant from GAR. The money was used to purchase two 3-D Makergear M2 printers, printer filament, Solidworks software for 10 licenses, 15 Samsung Galaxy 7-inch tablets, charging docks and supplies to make a wind tunnel. These items, along with many others, are used to expand the students' knowledge in STEM learning.

During the taping, students worked on SketchUp projects, a 3-D modeling software, and finished designing a three-hole Putt Putt Course.

"This was a great opportunity to show GAR how our students are benefiting from the grant money we received," said Ternent, Kimpton's seventh-grade STEM teacher. "Our district is grateful for GAR's grant that allowed us to expand the STEM resources available to our students."

The film crew's footage was scheduled to be shown during the Spotlight on Students section of GAR's Reshaping Your Craft Conference on Oct. 6 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

"We are always pleased to welcome local foundations to our schools to show how our students truly benefit from their assistance," said Superintendent Tom Bratten. "We are honored to be featured at the GAR conference. The experience and knowledge our students are receiving from the STEM classes is invaluable."

GAR Foundation's mission is to invest in Greater Akron to promote quality of life, education and economic opportunities for its people, in a culturally vibrant community.

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