The Star Democrat

St. Michaels Middle High School wins grant for 3D printers

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ST. MICHAELS — St. Michaels Middle High School has received a $4000 grant from AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter to purchase two 3D printers for the school’s Biomedical Science Program. Lauren Greer, science teacher and Talbot County Teacher of the Year, along with students from the school’s chapter of the Biomedical Engineerin­g Society, submitted a Science, Technology, Engineerin­g and Math (STEM) Kickstarte­r grant proposal to the organizati­on.

“During our meetings last year with different graduate and medical students, my students in the Biomedical Engineerin­g Society identified the importance of coding, software and 3D printer capabiliti­es,” Greer explained. “Our goal was to apply for a few grants to see if we could start to gain that experience. J.T. Lizewski, president of BMES, was the primary writer of the grant.”

David Fries, vice president of scientific education, presented the check at the school last month. The AFCEA Central

Maryland supports the education of future leaders in STEM through direct scholarshi­ps, endowments, and grants. AFCEA also offers volunteer resources to speak at career days, judge STEM science fairs, and work with STEM clubs. In addition, the chapter holds an annual awards night in celebratio­n of the achievemen­ts of their scientific education outreach programs.

“After reviewing your school’s proposal, we have chosen to provide $4,000 as Kickstarte­r funding for your STEM programs. STEM Kickstarte­r submission­s were received from 24 schools this year representi­ng K-12 STEM initiative­s in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Queen Anne’s, Talbot and northern Prince George’s Counties,” T.J. Greenier, AFCEA STEM Kickstarte­r Lead said in the award letter. “The number of applicants made the selection process extremely challengin­g. The Chapter is excited to be able to provide your school with this grant.”

 ?? CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTO ?? David Fries, vice president of scientific education of AFCEA Central Maryland presented a check in the amount of $4,000 to fund two 3D printers for St. Michaels Middle High School’s Biomedical Engineerin­g Program. Pictured from left to right: David Fries, AFCEA; Macy Motovidlak, JT Lizewski, Principal Theresa Vener, Mackenzie Fox, and science teacher Lauren Greer.
CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTO David Fries, vice president of scientific education of AFCEA Central Maryland presented a check in the amount of $4,000 to fund two 3D printers for St. Michaels Middle High School’s Biomedical Engineerin­g Program. Pictured from left to right: David Fries, AFCEA; Macy Motovidlak, JT Lizewski, Principal Theresa Vener, Mackenzie Fox, and science teacher Lauren Greer.

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