Pinecrest receives $5,000 grant for STEM education

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CUMMING, Ga. — Pinecrest Academy, a preK-3 through 12th-grade Catholic school in Cumming, has received a $5,000 grant from the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia to help implement the Energy in the Environment and Robotics modules as part of the expansion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics programming (STEM) for Pinecrest middle school students.

An additional 135 students will benefit from the two new modules funded by the grant, and the funding will also underwrite teacher training for two faculty members.

The following modules that will be added to Pinecrest’s STEM curriculum are energy and the environment for sixth grade and robotics for seventh grade.

The school has implemented Project Lead the Way’s nationally recognized curriculum in the middle and high schools during the 2013-2014 school year. Pinecrest plans to introduce PLTW Launch, PLTW’s program for kindergarten through fifth-grade students, in the Lower School for the 2014-2015 school year.

The Catholic Foundation of North Georgia is a longtime supporter of Pinecrest Academy. The foundation has provided support for capital improvements and technology upgrades over the school’s 20-year history, both through general funds and the Conrads Family Foundation.

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