Putting the art in STEM at Central Academy

"One Classroom at a Time" grant to combine technology and creative writing

DES MOINES - DES MOINES- A Central Academy teacher wants to put the arts in STEM, by combining cutting edge technology with creative writing. Local 5 and Bankers Trust are helping her do that by awarding her the One Classroom at a Time educational grant.

English teacher Catie Miller will use the $1000 to buy a tablet and 3D printer. Her students will create a character, write about it and then print it into reality. The goal is to take those characters into elementary schools to get younger students excited about reading and writing.

Miller says it's hard to strike that balance between covering material kids are required to learn and finding those projects that make them excited about learning. She hopes this unique project will help them tap into their own beliefs and characteristics, and use these characters to voice their opinions. And she also hope it will demonstrate the need for creative thinking within STEM subjects.

As part of the One Classroom at a Time educational grant, sponsored by Bankers Trust and Local 5, the school also wins a cultural workshop by CultureAll.

You can apply for the grant here.

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