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MOUNT CARMEL HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVES $5,000 STEM GRANT FROM TOSHIBA AMERICA FOUNDATION

Mount Carmel High School is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 STEM grant from the Toshiba America Foundation (TAF). These funds will support the newly introduced Mount Carmel STEM cohort providing opportunities for students of all class levels.

The cohort already has exciting plans for students. Freshmen will 3D print the characters that they design in Blender for a video game they designed. The students will then play with their 3D printed characters on game boards in real life to help them imagine and plan the game flow and objectives of their video game design. Freshmen students will also program Arduinos with buttons and lights (LEDs) to act as controllers for their video games.

Junior students will design, build, and program VEX Robotics robots to assist them as they film short movies with special effects. The students will attach cameras to some robots and props to other robots, and then the students will drive the robots around the set as they film their movies.

“This innovative education project will be infused in both the freshmen and junior level courses,” said Dr. Michael Rodgers, Mount Carmel technology teacher. “Our freshman and junior students will learn creativity, design, innovation, programming, teamwork, problem-solving and technology by connecting the real and digital worlds together with the worlds of their imaginations.”

Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) Grants fund projects designed by individual classroom teachers. This “direct-to-teacher” approach brings immediate results. Teachers are able to change the way they teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects because the grant supports equipment for hands-on experiments and inquiry-based approaches to the curriculum. TAF believes that STEM is a lot more fun than just reading a textbook. TAF grants provide teachers with the tools they need to be more effective educators. The grants make the classroom a more exciting place for both teachers and students.

Pictured: (back row from left to right) Nathaniel Finn [Evergreen Park], Dr. Michael Rodgers [South Shore, Chicago], Anthony Herron [South Shore, Chicago], Mr. Dave Jones of Toshiba; (front row from left to right) Mount Carmel Vice President for Institutional Advancement Mr. Dave Lenti (LaGrange, IL), Edward Carter III [Ashburn, Chicago], Arturo Marin [East Side, Chicago].
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