STEM school seeks to expand


News-Current Report

FAIRBORN — The Dayton Regional STEM School — co-founded by lead partner Wright State University — has applied for a state grant that would enable the STEM school to create a center for career development.

The initiative, in partnership with Wright State’s Center for Manufacturing Sciences, is designed to enhance career opportunities in high-demand fields such as information technology, engineering and advanced manufacturing.

Winning the Straight A Fund grant would result in the formation of the DRSS Center for STEM Career Development.

It would enable the school to create cutting-edge, hands-on learning spaces for students in grades six through 12. It would include an IT Collaboration Center and the Center for Manufacturing and Engineering Sciences and enable the school to award students with in-demand industry credentials prior to their graduation.

The center would feature technology in lasers, electro-optics, 3D printing and micro-machining. Companies such as Midwest Photonics Education Center, Lunarline and Universal Technology Corp. would provide experts to enhance curriculum and projects.

Wright State is a founding partner of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) school and the lead higher education partner. The Kettering school opened in 2009 and in June 2013 graduated its first class.

It is one of five independent public STEM schools across Ohio. The schools are designed to offer students a relevant, real-world education that prepares them for college and the working world. The students participate in inquiry and project-based instruction that marries traditional STEM content with social studies, language arts, fine arts and wellness and fitness.

The school expects to learn whether it has won the Straight A Fund grant sometime in June.

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Story courtesy of Wright State University.

Story courtesy of Wright State University.