Gwinnett school cluster gets $40K STEM grant

One Gwinnett County school cluster is now $40,000 richer, thanks to a national grant aimed at providing better science, technology, education and math services to underserved students.

The Meadowcreek cluster, which serves students in the Norcross area, was recently awarded the grant from a national STEM advocacy group called FIRST. The grant will be used to help the cluster "develop new and innovative approaches to address equity, inclusion and diversity inequalities" in STEM fields, according to a news release from Gwinnett County Public Schools.

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According to the news release, the grant will help the cluster expand its robotics and computational thinking programs, as well as Meadowcreek High's "Colts to Mustangs" program, where student interns specializing in robotics mentro elementary and middle school "First LEGO League" teams:

"The Meadowcreek High School Cluster Robotics & Computational Thinking Program will start First LEGO League Jr. teams to Ferguson, Graves, Lilburn, Meadowcreek, Nesbit, and Rockbridge elementary schools. This will be the first opportunity for kindergarten through third grade students to explore real-world scientific challenges, learn teamwork while working with motorized LEGO elements. These elementary schools in addition to Lilburn and Louise Radloff Middle Schools will receive the materials and instructional resources necessary to add additional First LEGO League teams for fourth through eighth grade students."

The Meadowcreek cluster is comprised of six elementary schools, two middle schools and Meadowcreek High.

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