NORFOLK - For the third straight year, Big Red Keno has awarded Norfolk Public Schools $7,500 for its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – or STEM – program.
Big Red Keno awarded a total of $57,000 to six youth-serving organizations that will impact 13 schools in eastern Nebraska including Norfolk.
Big Red Keno’s Bill Harvey says the organization has chosen to emphasize science and math education.
"The great thing about these grants are rather then us coming in and telling the school, 'Hey here's a bunch of money and you're going to use it for this' we have the schools come to us and say, 'Hey here's a need we have and a program we'd like to do that we don't have funding for and we'd like to make an application for a grant' " Harvey said.
"That way it's really the schools telling us how they'd like to conduct the education rather then the other way around, and we think that's worked great" Harvey added.
NPS’s Director of Teaching and Learning Beth Nelson says Big Red Keno is sponsoring the entire day of STEM-based activities where all third-graders in the elementary schools will participate in the activities presented.
"Any of the things the grant can support like special equipment, or new software we can keep that and use it for the classrooms. So it's not just a one and done thing, we use it as an investment in our education in STEM activities in the classroom as well" Nelson said.
She says the public can attend a Project Problem Solve event to take part in the different student led activities.
It’s set for Lincoln Montessori Elementary School, Tuesday night, March 13th from 5 to 7.