Cape Fear Elementary School receives grant from General Electric

Cape Fear Elementary School receives $6,962 grant
Posted on 12/09/2015
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Cape Fear Elementary School has received a $6,962 grant from General Electric to further engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.


CFES Health/Physical Education Teacher Dr. Chris Wirszyla, who applied for the grant, said the funds will purchase STEM Lego Robotics sets. General Electric volunteers will teach students how to construct the figures and assist students in connecting them to a computer, where students will be able to program projects to perform simple actions.


“The grant will impact student learning by establishing a relationship with the volunteers who will be teaching the students STEM concepts, which they can apply to future learning,” Dr. Wirszyla said. “The kids are doing hands on projects and interacting with their peers in ways that support common core concepts. Lego research has shown increases in student relationships with each other, increases in attendance, decreases in behavior problems and increases in technological skills. It is hoped students get interested in the STEM concepts so they consider the fields as career choices.”


CFES hopes to begin implementing the grant in late January with a pilot classroom, Exceptional Children and ESL students. The Lego Robotics materials are reusable and contain lesson plans and projects. They will be used in different classes in the fall semester.


CFES teachers have also earned three Assistance League of Greater Wilmington grants and a Bright Ideas grant. Together, these grants total nearly $9,000.