Of the five projects that received grants totaling $460,000 from Battelle this week to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, only one went to a school district.
Reynoldsburg schools, in partnership with the Granville Studio for the Visual Arts, received $50,000 to support the Living Library Museum at Summit Road STEM Elementary School. The library houses collections of technology ranging from primitive to modern, with plans to expand and integrate art to create a new acronym - STEAM.
A STEAM residency sponsored by CATCO received $35,000 to develop its CATCO is Kids STEM projects and the Full STEAM Ahead program, which adds art to STEM initiatives.
The five projects that received grants all “integrate STEM with a diverse mix of disciplines, including the arts, digital technology, dance and theater,” Battelle spokeswoman Katy Delaney said.
Other grant recipients are:
Surge Columbus: A Creative Circuit for Youth received $300,000 for teen programming that will include digital media workshops. The project is a collaboration of Columbus Metropolitan Library, the Columbus Museum of Art, COSI, Wexner Center for the Arts and WOSU.
The other two grants, for $50,000 and $25,000, were for the “Wiggle Jig Program” at BalletMet and the Science of Glass & Polymers, a project of The Works: Ohio Center for History Art & Technology, respectively.