TriCounty Telephone Foundation Contributes to STEM Education
With a vision for all students to excel and be productive 21st century citizens,
Northeast Elementary School, located in Beaufort County, started a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program. The Northeast STEM program, led by middle school Math and Science teachers, is offered at the third, fourth and fifth grade levels. Future plans are to expand the program to middle school students.
The program concentrates on coding, robotics, architecture design/construction and aeronautics. A grant application for funds to purchase items needed for the new STEM lab was submitted to the TriCounty Telephone Foundation. The application in the amount of $12,000 was approved by the Foundation Board of Directors. Funds were disbursed to Northeast Elementary School and computers, a 3D printer and other machines and supplies were purchased for use in the lab.
Established in 1991, the TriCounty Telephone Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt community foundation organized and created, in part, to foster and provide educational facilities and opportunities for families and communities served by TriCounty Broadband. The Northeast Elementary School STEM lab meets this goal by making available an educational program the children in the community might not otherwise have available to them.