Science@OC Receives $20,000 grant from The Boeing Company for Middle School STEM Programs

Contact:
Laurie Smith
Science@OC
Program Manager
949-300-9224

SANTA ANA, Calif. – April 10, 2017 – Science@OC, the Orange County group dedicated to strengthening public school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, particularly in science, announced that it has received a $20,000 grant from The Boeing Company.

This is the 5th year in a row that Boeing has provided significant funding to support Science@OC’s Orange County Middle School Initiative, designed to improve science education for thousands of students to better prepare them for high school coursework and potential careers in high-tech and related fields.

“We are extremely grateful and pleased that The Boeing Company has continued its generous support for our mission to excite and engage middle school students in science through Science@OC’s partnership with teachers and school administers,” said Eddie Tabata, Science@OC’s executive director. “The results of our partnership with public school educators, providing effective, project-based science instruction, have been meaningful and significant, and Boeing is playing an important role in underpinning our efforts.”

The Boeing funds will be used to provide teachers with professional development to support the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards including Project Based Learning (PBL), which is a teaching approach that integrates Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core and English Language Arts literacy skills together. With PBL, students are motivated to learn and develop their problem-solving skills as they investigate complex questions over a period of time.

Science@OC partners with district administrators to effect change in their district and close the resource gap to improve student achievement in science. A priority is placed on serving high-needs districts and schools where 8th grade student achievement in science is low.

A recent comprehensive analysis by the Santa Ana Unified School District concluded that partnering with Science@OC resulted in meaningful and measurable progress toward increasing student comprehension and interest in science.

About Science@OC
Science@OC, a fiscally sponsored project of OneOC, partners with Orange County educators to inspire middle school students to excel in Science and explore STEM careers. Visit the Science@OC website at www.scienceoc.org for more information.
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