The STEM Literacy Project began in 2009, offering a handful of outdoor STEM experiences to underserved fifth grade students at no cost to their families or schools. Since then, the program has expanded to include every public school fifth grade student in Manatee County in addition to several Pinellas County schools. In the 2019-2020 school year, the STEM Literacy Project will broaden even further to include our community’s seventh grade students.
This recent expansion would not be possible without the investment of generous donors like the Joseph and Sylvia Bloom fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Since it’s founding in 1979, the Foundation has worked to unite donors with causes to positively impact the community.
Thanks to this grant, seventh grade students in Manatee County will become pioneers in citizen science as they monitor the Sarasota Bay estuary for microplastics. They will design and carry out an experiment using cutting-edge STEM tools. Many of these students will have already attended a fifth grade STEM Literacy Project field trip. Nature’s Academy is humbled and honored to continue STEM learning for these students over multiple years.
Thank you, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, for partnering with us as we work to increase STEM literacy and foster environmental stewardship for students of all ages!