Students From Three Counties Will Benefit From STEM Grant

Middle school students from three counties will benefit from a grant to teach more students at an East Carolina University design lab.

The $1.25 million dollar grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation was announced Monday morning.

Students from Beaufort, Edgecombe and Pitt counties will have access to more innovative technology. The goal is to allow students in middle schools to see for themselves what new high-tech tools are out there.

"We think middle school is the key place to do that," says David White, Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology. "A lot of kids drop out of being engaged at that level and by using these in school labs they'll learn some very fun skills."

Teachers will also learn and become certified in new program with is called eSTEAM, which stands for entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

The grant was a joint effort between Pitt County government, Pitt County Schools, Beaufort County Schools, North East Carolina Preparatory School in Edgecombe County, as well as ECU and Pitt Community College.