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Bosch grant supports STEM Summer Academy for incoming 9th graders at BHS

A new program that helps incoming 9th graders make a successful transition to Burnsville High School will get an added boost next year thanks to a grant from the Bosch Community Fund. 

The STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Summer Academy – launched in the summer of 2019 by District 191 Community Education and Target Services – provides students with a four-week learning experience that includes service learning, language arts, and engineering, including 3-D printing, vinyl cutting, drone programming and flying, bridge building and robotics. 

Rahn Elementary receives $5,000 grant from CenturyLink

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.

Burnsville High School to host STEM Night on March 12

District 191 students and their families are invited to learn about STEM opportunities at Burnsville High School at a special STEM Night on Tuesday, March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Along with a presentation, there will be hand-on activities including 3-D printing, code drones, remote-controlled paper airplanes, virtual reality goggles, laser engraving, a battlebot competition and more. The presentation will run from 6 to 6:30 p.m., with activities afterward in an open house format.

BHS students assist principal with high-tech project for Byrne Elementary

When William Byrne STEM Elementary Principal Lyle Bomsta needed technical support for a project at his school, he turned to three Burnsville High School students.

Fiona Chow, Josh Johnson and Garrett Riedesel are in the Engineering Design and Development Class taught by Orion Patrie. This Project Lead the Way (PLTW) course requires students to work in teams on a real-life project of their choice.

Students create club to encourage girls to pursue STEM careers

Someday they’d like to be scientists, computer programmers, engineers or mathematicians, but now they’re female students at Burnsville High School and they’ve started a new club to encourage and support girls interested in STEM careers.

The Women in STEM club began last spring when senior Emily Reynolds realized the need for a club for girls who are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). She knows that women are under-represented in STEM jobs and she wants to change that dynamic.

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