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JS elementary sets sights on a new Lego Wall

JERSEY SHORE — Jersey Shore Elementary is excited to be the 2019 recipient of Exxon’s Educational Alliance Program. The school recently received a $500 grant for STEM related educational programs, from Exxon, in Jersey Shore.

Exxon and Mobil committed over $34 million to this national program, which is designated for math and science programs (Educational Alliance, Retrieved from https://www.exxon.com/en/educational-alliance). The Educational Alliance Program is one way that they support schools in their local communities provide instruction and programs related to science, technology, engineering, and math; subjects that are clustered together and referred to as STEM education.

Jersey Shore Elementary School initiated a STEAMlab (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) this summer using materials purchased through other grant programs and are in the process of expanding access of curriculum materials to elementary teachers in outlying buildings, Avis and Salladasburg Elementary, through a lending library.

Next in sight: A Lego Wall! The Lego Wall Project will provide hands-on experiences in the school’s STEAMlab. Legos give students the opportunity to explore, plan, and build, thus interesting them in career fields in engineering, art, and mathematics. Legos have Danish roots! A Danish carpenter developed the first prototype of the Lego as early as 1932 and today, Lego is one of the top 100 on Forbes List of Most Valuable Brands (Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/powerful-brands/list/#tab:rank).

Exxon’s grant will go towards the construction of the Lego Wall, which is estimated to be $473. Jersey Shore High School students, in Mr. Heath Rager’s Career and Technical Education Class, will be handling the construction of the Lego Wall.

The STEAM Committee at Jersey Shore Elementary, in partnership with the school’s PTO, will be seeking matching funds to purchase the Legos, Lego sets, and any additional materials for the Lego Wall Project. Have any used Legos, tucked away in tubs or totes? Consider donating them to JSE’s Lego Wall. From steamboats to castles, to dragons, and rockets, the sky is the limit when students get lost in the shapes, sizes, and colors of Legos!

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