Trumbull ESC Will Launch New STEM Program with $55,400 Grant

NILES, Ohio — With a $55,400 grant, the Trumbull County Educational Service Center will establish a new science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM program during the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year.

The grant is through the Ohio Collaborative for Educating Remotely, or OCER, and Transforming Schools to support schools’ efforts in improving remote learning. The ESC’s curriculum and instruction department will launch the program in January, to complement its STEAM – STEM plus art – Powered Learning, according to Robert Marino, assistant superintendent, who oversees curriculum and instruction.

“This addition to our programming is another example of the efforts of our ESC Curriculum and Instruction team, in cooperation with districts across Trumbull County, to ensure our students receive the best available learning opportunities,” Marino said. “As students have had to transition to learning online, this new program is an example of how diligently all educators are working to provide programming that allows students to enhance their innovative and critical thinking skills while encouraging collaboration and building perseverance.”

The center is developing STEM curricula that can be use in any instructional model: synchronously, asynchronously, or hybrid – remotely or face-to-face.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring our work and passion for creativity, innovation and collaboration to even more students,” said Dana Butto, ESC supervisor of curriculum & instruction, mathematics and STEAM Powered Learning. 

The ESC’s STEAM program started in 1991 as Arts / EXEL, but was relaunched in 2014 as STEAM Excel to reflect the new inclusion of technology programming. Both programs are open to students who attend Trumbull County public schools that work in partnership with the ESC.

Students in grades 4 to 8 participate in STEAM. The new STEM program will be open to students in grades 5 to 8.

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