Benjamin Carson High School has received a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) grant from the National Academy Foundation. The African American Youth Initiative is worth a total of $235,000 over the next three years and will affect all of BCHS’s STEM classes and senior programs.
The grant will also allow BCHS teachers to become CPR trainers, allowing them to train students in CPR.
“It feels good to be CPR certified, but I hope I never use it,” senior Bassam Alasri said.
This will give students opportunities to have more employable skills.
“The goal is to allow our students to have recognized crucial abilities when they graduate from high school,” teacher Gwendolyn Mia said.
The grant was possible due to the efforts of Mia, and fellow teachers Michelle Schwendemann, Kristen Maher, and Brenda Belcher, the assistant superintendent Partnerships and Innovation.
Classes will also be receiving color printers, which is a game changer for most students at BCHS allowing them to have more vibrant projects. Classes will also receive additional equipment. With these, classes like chemistry will get a chance to do more precautious experiments.
“Safety gear,” would be useful, sophomore Lamarr Arrington said. “Color printer will definitely be nice.”