The Rotary Club of Wilson worked with Rotary International to provide $3,075 in grant money to support the Mobile Middle School Innovation Lab.
Club members partnered with Wilson Education Partnership Executive Director Robin Williams to find a project that helped students and teachers.
Christine Mitchell, the Wilson County Schools Digital and Technology Department’s district STEM coordinator, will lead the mobile program.
“The Mobile Innovation Lab will be a flexible learning environment that is specifically designed for students to think innovatively, work in teams, communicate and work collaboratively to problem-solve, design, test and reflect on learning processes,” Mitchell said. “Our students will be engaged in STEM activities that will allow them to take concepts that they are learning in the classroom and apply them to real-world contexts.”
Mitchell said the WEP is able to connect students with community partners like the Rotary Club of Wilson. She said Rotarians will have opportunities to engage with students through the lab in science, technology, engineering and math.
“WEP and our community partners are essential in creating relevant, authentic STEM activities that help students make connections between what they learn in the classroom and future careers,” Mitchell said.
The Rotary grant will purchase STEM kits that align with middle school science curriculum and activities’ real-world connections. Some of the kits include materials and plans needed to build hydraulic arms, wind pumps, race cars with motors and wind turbines.