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Sebastian Middle School Concludes AT&T “STEM” Grant Project
Sebastian Middle School Concludes AT&T “STEM” Grant Project

St. Augustine, Fla.—June 13, 2011—Back in January, the St. Johns County Education Foundation (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 were to design an acoustically sound hallway.  “Virtuality to Reality” successfully concluded with the end of the school year with the help of Rulon Company, a leader in quality manufactured suspended wood ceilings and acoustic wooden walls.

“We are so proud of everyone evolved in this project and we are pleased to see such a passion for learning.  We are so thankful for the opportunity to present this grant to our local schools and we look forward to working with Rulon Company in the future,” said Donna Lueders, the Executive Director of the SJCEF.

The mission of the AT&T STEM Grant is to encourage students to use skills they learned in the classroom and translate them to actual work experience.  Forty-four students from Sebastian applied mathematical applications into machines that will cut the wood needed to construct the hall.  O’Kon and Johnson achieved their goal of promoting an understanding and interest in the field of engineering and Rulon Company was able to help provide the tools and expertise necessary for its success.

“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,” said Marshall Criser, III, AT&T Florida President.   

AT&T Florida 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. Thirty-one projects have been funded thus far—benefitting 2,477 students and 88 teachers around the state.

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