A Gwinnett County middle school is the first winner of Gov. Nathan Deal's "Innovation Fund Tiny Grant" program.
Students at Duluth's Coleman Middle, which just opened this fall, will implement the grant money by using drones to study the Chattahoochee River, state officials said in a news release.
"Working alongside the National Park Service and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, students at Coleman Middle School will study various aspects of the river including invasive species, temperature, pH balance and hazardous materials," the release said. "This STEAM-focused project has the potential to impact both student achievement and the local environment and will provide students with a real-world, hands-on experience."
The Tiny Grant program awards between $1,000 and $10,000 for Georgia schools "to implement small-scale pilot programs that directly impact students." To qualify, projects must be focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education; developing and replicating blended learning models; or "birth-to-age-eight language and literacy development."
The exact amount of Coleman Middle's grant was not announced.
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