CBK Challenge Teacher Beth Kenna Receives STEM Research Grant
Cedarbrook Challenge Consultant Beth Kenna has been named one of 24 educators across the country to receive a STEM Research Grant from the Society for Science & the Public, which will enable her to support students in conducting original scientific research.
With the grant, Kenna plans to purchase science equipment, such as air quality meters and electronic sensors for her students to perform more accurate data collection. “I want to improve the student experience as far as research is concerned,” Kenna said. “Being able to purchase this amount of equipment and materials in one year is remarkable!”
While the equipment is intended for her Challenge students, she will make it available to other STEM-related classes.
“We are thrilled to support Beth in this endeavor,” Caitlin Sullivan, the society’s director of outreach and equity programs, wrote in the award letter. “We hope that this STEM Research Grant will enable deserving students at your school to continue to enhance the spark for their love of science in the years to come.”
The STEM Research Grants, which were made possible through the generous support of Regeneron, seek to expand STEM research opportunities for sixth through 12th graders by providing a grant to educators leading school-based science research programs. The Society’s STEM Research Grant Program supports educators who are implementing fresh and innovative teaching methods to shed light on discoveries that can be made through original STEM research projects.
“I’m excited to be providing this financial support to middle school teachers who encounter students at such an important point in their lives,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of the Society for Science & the Public. “During this crucial time, students start setting the stage for their future path in high school while some young people begin drifting away from their interests in STEM. By providing these teachers with the resources to build a meaningful STEM research program, we are helping to engage the next generation of leaders in engineering and science.”