South Stokes receives grant

South Stokes High School science teacher Ashley Johnson has been awarded a grant of $1500 from the Biogen Foundation’s Ignite the Power of STEM NC grants program, according to Johnna Cheek, SSHS principal.

The grant is funding Ms. Johnson’s project titled Rural Biotechnology Project: Empowering High School Students, Inspiring Elementary School Students. The project will be used to provide hands-on biotechnology experiences, teach about the history (and future) of women and people of color in science, and to partner older students with younger students to learn from and teach each other. The project will pair Biology classes from SSHS with kindergarten classes at Poplar Springs Elementary School to complete a science day as well as a group trip to Kaleidium North (formerly SciWorks).

SSHS Principal Mrs. Johnna Cheek shared, “I am excited about the opportunities this grant provides for our students to share knowledge with elementary students in our county. We enjoy finding ways for our students to connect with future Sauras and develop leadership skills that will help prepare them for future success.”

The mission of the Biogen Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives and contribute to the vitality of the communities in which Biogen operates. The Biogen Foundation committed to sparking a passion for science and discovery, supporting innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiatives, and strengthening efforts to make science accessible to diverse populations. Visit the Foundation’s website for more information:

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