Kennewick teachers awarded STEM Innovation Grants

The future looks bright for young scientists, engineers and web developers in Kennewick.

A group of teachers have been awarded nearly $4,800 to teach computer coding, robotics, engineering and other technical skills.

The Mid-Columbia STEM Network and the Dreambuilders Educational Foundation presented grants to six teachers from five schools in the Kennewick School District.

The network is part of Washington STEM, a state-wide organization dedicated to growing science, technology, engineering and math. Dreambuilders is a Tri-Cities based foundation that provides students with scholarships and financial aid.

Mid-Columbia Partnership’s Tamara Barcus received $1,000 for a Lego Engineering Challenge project to build catapults. At the same school, Julie Rheinschidt got over $900 to teach a class on computer coding and engineering design.

Washington Elementary’s Sean MacLellan was awarded $1,000 to teach robot programing.

Christopher Becker of Hawthorne Elementary received $760, which will go to the school’s Robotics Club.

Edison Elementary teacher Carrie Enriquez was given close to $350 for iPads in her classroom.

Horse Heaven Middle School’s Martha Mather received $740 for the NANO-TC Student Nano Showcase.

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