HHMI Grant Puts Makerspaces in 6 Elementary Schools

A bit of Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus will soon be in six Loudoun County schools.

HHMI has donated more than $11,000 to the Loudoun Education Foundation and Loudoun County Public Schools to help create makerspaces in six schools. The following schools have received the grants: Meadowland Elementary School, Sugarland Elementary School, Sterling Elementary School, Trailside Middle School, Seldens Landing Elementary School and Horizon Elementary School.

“We are incredibly grateful for HHMI Janelia Research Campus’ generosity and commitment to promoting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) skills in Loudoun County Public Schools,” stated Loudoun Education Foundation Executive Director Dawn Meyer. “Their support allows these grant supported schools to assess and strategically plan activities for their student population to help them expand their creativity and learn to be innovative problem solvers.”

Most of the makerspaces will be in the library, providing an area for students to create, invent and learn. The makerspaces will include 3D printers, Promethean tables, arts and craft supplies, brain games and Legos.

Sterling Elementary Principal Jennifer Meres Short said the grant would enhance students’ learning and provide opportunities for them to “construct, explore, discover, communicate, and collaborate in a whole new way.”

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