To celebrate 30 years of serving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education, Beaverton, Oregon-based company Vernier is donating $10,000 worth of equipment to 30 schools across the country. Two of those schools are Blackfeet Community College (BCC), a tribal college in Browning, Montana and Menominee Indian High School in Keshena, Wisconsin.
“Educational research shows that Native American students are very visual and learn best with visual and hands-on activities,” states Vernier on its website. “The grant funds will enable BCC to upgrade their lab equipment to provide high-quality, hands-on experiences for their students in physics, chemistry, and biology courses. The technology will also be used to enhance classroom instruction with the equipment needed to conduct more tangible and real-life demonstrations, bringing certain science topics to life.”
In announcing why the company chose Menominee Indian High School, Vernier said, “Native American students are traditionally underrepresented in STEM careers and students at Menominee Indian High School, a rural school located in Menominee County on the Menominee Indian Reservation, have very limited access and exposure to STEM education in school. The proximity to vast natural resources, along with the strong connection between the Menominee Indian culture and the environment, create endless opportunities for outdoor hands-on learning. From quantifying the health of a pristine local stream ecosystem to studying photosynthesis in an interactive manner, Vernier equipment will increase outdoor STEM learning activities for these students.”
To see the full list of schools getting $10,000 worth of equipment, visit the Vernier website.