Ocean City Today

Summer STEM grants ending

By Kara Hallissey | Oct 05, 2017

(Oct. 6, 2017) For the past 15 years, county middle school students have participated in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) academies to help foster their education during the summertime.

“The goal of the summer program is to make students think and be aware of what it’s like to be a scientist,” said Marlyn Barrett, coordinator of STEM instruction.

This year, students in grades four through eight learned about buoys and even created their own. They studied how mass, weight, density, displacement and volume affected how much weight each buoy could hold.

In addition, the academy has a strong freshman orientation program for incoming ninth graders and serves a significant portion of students in poverty.

All three 21st Century grants, which help fund the academies, are in their final year and school officials are currently trying to figure out how this program will continue to be funded.

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