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CPS Foundation grant award to fund MakerSpaces

At 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, in the media center at Eliot Battle Elementary School, 2600 Battle Avenue, the Columbia Public Schools Foundation will award its 2016 grant of nearly $35,000 to fund MakerSpaces, providing funds for MakerSpaces in media centers at ten CPS elementary schools. MakerSpaces promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and allow students to create and learn in hands-on and inventive ways. Supplies can include 3D printers, software, electronics, draft and hardware supplies and tools, and everyday materials, all with the goal of engaging students with making technology and developing problem-solving skills.
 
The MakerSpaces grant is also supported by the generosity of the Veterans United Foundation, which donated $25,000 for the program.
 
The Columbia Public Schools Foundation is a private foundation established by community volunteers dedicated to the enrichment of public education through community giving. The foundation has funded projects in every school, allocating more than $850,000 to enhance education in the Columbia Public Schools.