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NNPS awarded Security Equipment, Dominion grants

(09/21/2015) - NNPS will receive $79,286 through Virgina's School Security Equipment Grant program. Also, three NNPS projects have been awarded Dominion educational grants to help fund STEM programs.

NNPS Awarded State School Security Equipment Grant

Newport News Public Schools will receive $79,286 through Virginia's School Security Equipment Grant program. Announced recently by the Governor's office, the grant will fund additional security cameras for installation at 15 early childhood centers and elementary schools, and walkthrough metal detectors for six middle and high schools. Previous grant awards funded intercom/buzzer systems, remote door-lock systems and web-based cameras for early childhood centers and elementary schools.

This year, the state awarded $6 million in grants to help ensure school safety and security. The School Security Equipment Grant program was established by the 2013 General Assembly.

NNPS Earns Dominion Grants for STEM Programs

Three NNPS projects have been awarded Dominion educational grants to help fund STEM programs. Epes Elementary School was awarded $500 for an Insect Investigations initiative to teach students about insects and the importance of maintaining healthy habitats for these creatures. The Dominion Foundation funding will be used to purchase a variety of insects including ants, ladybugs and caterpillars.

B.T. Washington Middle School will receive a $1,000 grant to help students explore marine science careers. The donation will assist students with completing marine science engineering design briefs through the purchase of much needed materials for the annual engineering and science fair.

NNPS was also granted $1,000 to purchase two LEGO MINDSTORMS Programmable EV3 Robots, the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® software package, and a EV3 Expansion Set through LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education. The tools will be used by students in preschool through eighth-grade. A STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) instructor will work alongside teachers by coaching, supporting and guiding students with STEM integration. Working with classroom teachers, STEM instructors will assist with the implementation of new and innovative practices to increase student achievement in the STEM disciplines, particularly math and science.

STEM education is key to a prosperous community and quality careers for upcoming generations. Newport News Public Schools has embarked on an aggressive STEM education initiative that prepares teachers and students to take full advantage of local STEM opportunities. NNPS is uniquely designed to benefit from the high concentration of STEM-related careers in the region.