Fifteen local schools awarded 2016 Dow Gives Education Grants

November 22, 2016 - In today’s ever-changing world of technology, math and science skills are more important than ever. In the fall of 2016, 15 local schools were selected to receive grants from The Dow Chemical Company Foundation to enhance their science and math programs in the classroom. The winning schools will now have the opportunity to incorporate new technology and curriculum enhancements to the science, technology, engineering and math programs they offer their students.

This year’s recipients are: AISD – JJAEP, Angleton Christian School, Angleton High School, Angleton Junior High, Brazosport Christian School, Central Elementary, Danbury Elementary, Foundation Preparatory Academy, Frontier Elementary, Fleming Elementary, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School, Stephen F. Austin STEM Academy, Velasco Elementary, West Brazos Junior High and West Columbia Elementary.

“The selection committee was extremely impressed with the applications that were submitted this year,” said Gabriella Cone, community relations manager for Dow Texas Operations. “It is very clear that the science and math teachers in our schools are very passionate about making learning enjoyable and memorable for our students. The programs these grants will fund are exactly what our children need to prepare to be the workforce of the future.”

Velasco Elementary will use the grant they have been awarded to purchase a classroom set of Google Expedition kits that will allow students to take virtual field trips anywhere across the globe. They’ll be able to examine sea life underwater, explore planets in space, visit college campuses and tour landmarks around the world.

“The geographic location of our school limits field trip choices due to the majority of learning opportunities existing outside of our local area,” said Javier Montiel, teacher at Velasco Elementary. “Integrating state of the art technology with our current curriculum supports rich, immersive learning experiences. Google is researching, partnering and expanding the possibilities of educational technology for students to take virtual field trips anywhere in and out of this world.”

For the students of Brazosport Christian School, the grant they are receiving will enable them to purchase a WeatherBug weather station with meteorological instrumentation and HD camera to relay information collected by the students to the weather station interface. “This will give classes a learning opportunity aligned with STEM objectives, allowing them to identify with their world and see how climate change, hurricane and severe weather, as well as diverse areas of the planet are impacted by weather,” said BCS Administrator, Stephen Meier. “Many of our science classes will be able to make use of this durable, lasting investment in their education.”

Dow has been providing the grants to local schools since 2006.

2016 Dow Gives Education Grants Recipients

AISD-Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program –$5,000 for Sustainable Vegetable Garden

Angleton Christian School – $5,000 for microscopes and glassware to equip new science lab

Angleton High School – $5,520 for 3D printer and scanner

Angleton Junior High – $7,559.88 for class set of Sphero SPRK robots

Brazosport Christian School – $10,000 for WeatherBug weather station, software and camera

Central Elementary – $5,600 for two Full STEAM Ahead Mobile Labs equipped with books, computers, activity kits, workstations and lesson plans designed around STEM

Danbury Elementary – $4,657.30 for STEMscopes curriculum enhancements used by 1st-5th grade students

Foundation Preparatory Academy – $3,318.45 for equipment and supplies for Biology Lab expansion

Frontier Elementary – $6,872.43 for materials and supplies to stock mobile STEM labs used in the library and in classrooms

Fleming Elementary – $6,923 for STEM Enrichment program powered by Lego for Education curriculum

Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School – $3,600 for 12 Chromebooks to be used in the Texas Energy Road Trip Program

Stephen F. Austin STEM Academy – $9,186 for WeatherSTEM weather station and software

Velasco Elementary – $10,000 for Virtual Reality Expeditions School Bus powered by Google Expeditions

West Brazos Junior High – $6,684.80 for 24 microscopes and 2 digital microscopes for school’s science department

West Columbia Elementary – $9,958.86 for Academic STEM Stations powered by Lego for Education

For editorial information:

Gabriella Cone
979-238-4159
979-236-0294 (cell)