Rahn Elementary received a $5,000 grant through the CenturyLink 2018-19 Teachers and Technology Grant Program, which recognizes innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects in the classroom.
The $5,000 grant received by the school is part of $750,000 awarded by the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation across 34 states this year, funding 180 classroom projects.
Alissa Tofte, a fourth-grade teacher at Rahn, submitted the winning application, one of approximately 1,300 total submissions. Her class worked together to create the submission.
“What a great opportunity for [students] to realize the impact that can be made from the learning, collaboration and work we do in our classroom every day!” said Tofte.
The STEM project for which Tofte received the CenturyLink grant is focused on integrating an interactive flat panel into the classroom, which will provide students with the opportunity to take the lead as they expand both their academic and social skills.
She added, “While my current students are disappointed that they won't be able to use the new technology, they were excited that our writing project found success beyond our classroom walls!”
“STEM learning helps students think more creatively, view the world through a different lens, and question what is known in the search for new possibilities,” said Sondra Smith, CenturyLink director of corporate social responsibility. “This is where real innovation and solutions to complex problems live.”
Grants funded through the CenturyLink program will provide a range of equipment to classrooms this year, including robotics, drones, virtual reality mechanisms, laptops, microscopes and more.