Four Middle Schools Receive Grant from Dell, Inc.

STEAMLogo_RGB What do a rollercoaster, a robot, a computer lab and a summer workshop have in common? These four projects were recently selected as grant recipients in the inaugural Dell STEAM Innovation Grant!

Four STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) middle schools have each been awarded $2,500 in grant funding through Dell Nashville's inaugural Dell STEAM Innovation Grant.

These grants, specifically geared for the district's STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) middle schools, will be awarded to the following four schools:

Each school demonstrated a commitment to enhancing their STEAM learning environments by sharing a project their students will work on, in which students will be challenged to think critically, be creative and communicate and collaborate with their peers. Those project ideas are:

  • East Nashville Magnet Middle School’s Rollercoaster Reality Collaboration.
  • Apollo Middle School’s Robotics Classes
  • Donelson Middle School’s Computer Lab Enhancement
  • Margaret Allen Middle School’s Summer STEAM Workshop

“We’re grateful to Dell and their investment in our students and teachers, particularly with our middle school STEAM curriculum,” said Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph. “We know STEAM not only enhances the middle school experience but ensures our students are ready for high school, college and career. With generous partners like Dell by our side, we can continue to inspire students through STEAM and collectively improve student outcomes aligned with our strategic priorities at an accelerated pace.”


Recently, our 18 Phase I STEAM schools have opened their doors to families and community members to learn more about STEAM at STEAM Family nights. Metro Schools will continue the STEAM celebrations with STEAMTastic Saturday, this Saturday, March 24th. Click here for more information.

Dell’s Youth Learning initiative is aimed at providing technology and opportunity to students who lack access to these resources. Through grant funding, volunteering and support for local non-profit partners, Dell believes that technology is a powerful tool for opening new possibilities for children around the world.

Grant funds will be distributed by the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Teachers and administrators for each school will be responsible for the allocation of the funds.  Each school will use its grant to enhance innovative programs and STEAM initiatives in the classroom. The recipients of the grants were chosen by a cross-community panel composed of community, business and nonprofit leaders.

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