2016-11-24 / Community News

STEM program receives grant

Following on its fall launch of a grades six to 12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Academy, Biddeford School Department received a $25,000 grant from the Cohen Foundation in support of the program. The grant is one of 50 that the local charity made in its fall cycle, and the only gift to a public school.

“We are extremely grateful for the Cohen Foundation’s support. Sam (Cohen) was a lifelong Biddeford resident and I believe that the foundation’s board saw Sam’s commitment to community and education reflected in our application. We’re extremely proud of our committed faculty and administrators for shepherding our schools through the development of our unique STEM program,” said Superintendent Jeremy Ray.

“There are other STEM programs in Maine,” said Principal Jeremie Sirois, “but there aren’t any of which I’m aware that span middle school through postsecondary articulation credits, and incorporate the hands-on nature of technical and career education. The program is designed for all, and is the intersection of textbooks and toolboxes.”

Biddeford’s STEM Academy program is in its first year. The middle school program received 103 applicants and serves 61 students. It seeks to add capacity to serve 20 more in school year 2017-2018.

“We are also preparing curriculum for our eighth graders so they can continue the inquiry-based program in high school,” Sirois said.

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