STEM to Benefit From $500,000

Cavs, Goodyear Gifting APS
Posted on 08/14/2018
Image of News SignAn update now on the half-million-dollar gift coming to Akron Public Schools from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.

They have made a commitment to a five-year, $500,000 in-kind donation to Akron Public Schools for an expansion of STEM programming for students.

Beginning this year, the donations will come in installments of $100,000 and will fund STEM materials in every APS middle school.

Tamiko Hatcher, director of specialty programs in Akron Public Schools, made a presentation to the Akron School Board at its August 13, 2018, meeting and told the seven member board, "These contributions will support many aspects of STEM learning. One exciting investment will be in creating a makerspace at Buchtel CLC," said Hatcher.

A makerspace is where students get to explore problem-based learning with 3-D printers, video editing software, coding programs and more.

Akron Public Schools also plans, according to Hatcher, to create a “fab lab” in its high schools, where students can expand their STEM experience with laser cutters, milling machines and more.

"Another bright spot in this wonderful gift from the Cavs and Goodyear," said Hatcher, "will come when we eventually expand this partnership to give high school students additional internship opportunities."
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