Vail Christian High School awarded grant from Schulze Family Foundation
EDWARDS — Vail Christian High School has announced the receipt a $75,739 grant awarded by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. The grant funds will continue building the new “Project Lead The Way — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics” programs that includes pathways in computer science, engineering and biomedical science.
The Schulze Family Foundation in 2017 provided the seed money to start this program to fund curriculum, equipment, supplies, participation fees, and professional development to implement them. Because of the grant, the Project Lead The Way curriculum has challenged students to learn about future careers in technical fields. Students used 3-D printers to design items ranging from rocket parts to chess sets to parts to help fix broken science lab equipment. The goal was to enroll 16 students in the 2017-18 Introduction to Engineering course with 60 percent scoring proficient or higher on an end of course assessment. The outcome was exceeded with an enrollment of 26 students, 92 percent of whom scored proficient or advanced on the assessment.
Grant funds were also used to educate students in their computer aided design ability.
“Project Lead The Way has allowed our students to grow in the area of engineering that never could have been accomplished without the grant,” Head of School Steve O’Neil said. “They grew immensely in their ability to design and create on a very high level with (computer aided design). Many students are now planning on entering an engineering field that they have learned about including all of the female students.”
Vail Christian High School Principal and Biomedical Science Instructor Mindy Larson said, “I am even more excited about the second half of this process where we will have a new Project Lead the Way Principles of Engineering class and dive deeper into the principles that electrical, architectural, mechanical, and environmental engineers rely on.”
The school also intends to launch a new robotics competition team and expand the outreach to the community.
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation was created in 2004 by Best Buy founder Dick Schulze. Schulze and his family believe that a good education, a supportive family and a strong work ethic prepare children for a successful future.
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