COC, Sul­phur Springs Union schools part­ner to sup­port fu­ture STEAM learn­ing

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Col­lege of the Canyons and the Sul­phur Springs Union School Dis­trict have agreed to a part­ner­ship that aims to sup­port fu­ture STEAM — sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, art and math — learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion will be made pos­si­ble thanks to a Ti­tle IV grant worth $878,343 from the Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion that was awarded to the el­e­men­tary school dis­trict.

As a sup­port part­ner, COC will re­ceive a $45,000 sub­grant that will be used to as­sist SSUSD teach­ers and stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to a col­lege news re­lease.

The grant will im­pact stu­dents in grades 4-6 at five el­e­men­tary schools and will hope­fully al­low for in­creased en­rich­ment ac­tiv­i­ties that pro­mote learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and stu­dent col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“We are very ex­cited to play a role in this part­ner­ship as it pro­motes a col­lege­go­ing cul­ture in our com­mu­nity,” said Jerry Buck­ley, COC’s as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent, in a news re­lease. “This part­ner­ship will lead to high-qual­ity ex­pe­ri­ences for lo­cal stu­dents at a very cru­cial age.”

The project’s goal is to pro­vide stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to learn how STEAM can re­late to their per­sonal in­ter­ests, col­lege of­fi­cials added. For ex­am­ple, stu­dents can learn about the physics and en­gi­neer­ing that go into amuse­ment park de­sign or the food chem­istry that’s be­hind culi­nary arts.

“Giv­ing stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage in in­ter­est based learn­ing is in­valu­able for build­ing stu­dent con­fi­dence and in­tel­lec­tual growth,” said Jezelle Full­wood, Sul­phur Springs’ as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent of ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices.

The project is ex­pected to have a par­tial launch in the spring and Col­lege of­fi­cials said the col­lab­o­ra­tions will likely cul­mi­nate with pub­lic stu­dent pre­sen­ta­tions at the end of the school year.

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