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365体育注册Cindy Huggins, Destin Elementary School, Receives AT&T STEM@Work Grant

Cindy Huggins, Destin Elementary School, Receives AT&T STEM@Work Grant

365体育注册Cindy Huggins, Destin Elementary School, and her students will benefit from a statewide investment by this year, one that seeks to increase understanding of how classroom curriculum translates into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers.

365体育注册AT&T has partnered with the to support student achievement in STEM areas. The CFEF received $89,000 to provide $2,000 grants to local education foundations to create real-world, hands-on learning experiences in the classroom to connect students with actual STEM professionals and careers through AT&T funding.

Since 2010, a total of $881,450 of AT&T funding has had the following impact:

  • 392 projects
  • Nearly 70,000 students impacted around the state
  • 850 STEM business partners engaged
  • $1,293,508  total investment (with local match)

365体育注册From creating human-powered submarines to launching model rockets to propagating nematodes, each project varies depending on the goals and workplace partners involved. AT&T funds are used to provide supplies, equipment and transportation to make each classroom vision a reality.

This year Destin Elementary School’s grant was one of that were funded to provide creative learning opportunities that had a measurable impact on student understanding of STEM curriculum and interest in future STEM careers.

“I will perform force and motion experiments with 44 student‐built race cars made from 2‐liter drink bottles,” said Huggins. “This project will inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in STEM. I will invite local engineers to help with mentoring students through instruction of the engineering design process, the building and launching of the cars, the data collection, and the project summarization. The business partner support will also help to inspire children to study engineering. I will utilize a pre‐post survey with students to gauge the effectiveness of the activity in moving students towards wanting to work and or study the STEM field. Students will design and launch their bottles with focus on design type affecting speed.”

For more information, visit CFEF's website.

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Pictured above with Cindy are (left to right): Amy Meyer, Destin Elementary School Assistant Principal; Debbie Tate, OPSF; and Cindy Gates, OPSF Executive Director.

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About the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF):

The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations. Established in 1987, the CFEF seeks to advance student achievement in Florida by increasing private sector investment and involvement in public education. The CFEF now has 64 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they raise more than $64 million annually to support students, teachers, and schools through a variety of programs. The CFEF has provided more than $46 million to local education foundations since 2001 through various private- and public-sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.

About the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation (OPSF):

365体育注册The Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, Inc. (OPSF) is a not-for-profit community-based public schools foundation. It is a partnership between families, schools, community, and business. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting and extending the educational opportunities of all individuals within Okaloosa County. Since its establishment in 1995, OPSF has funded educational enrichment programs including teacher grants for unique programs, student scholars in the Take Stock in Children Program, community educational initiatives, and student and teacher recognition awards.