Clear Stream Avenue Elementary School is the recent recipient of a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. Clear Stream Avenue Principal John Singleton and library media specialist Carolyn Kaiser applied for the fall 2018 grant this past summer, which will help enhance the school’s MakerSpace.
“Studies show that by the time these students graduate college, 40 percent of the jobs that exist today will be obsolete,” said Mr. Singleton. “This means it’s important to start getting students interested in coding, technology and science so that they are able to enter the workforce upon graduation.”
The school looks to incorporate new science, technology, engineering and mathematics kits into the school’s MakerSpace to create more engaging activities for students to explore. According to Mr. Singleton, the grant will help continue to capture creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.
Items of interest include purchasing master electricity labs, advanced circuitry kits, alternative energy kits and more building kits for the younger grade levels. With these additions to the MakerSpace, students can continue to think outside of the box and grow into 21st century learners – one of the district’s goals.