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Maxwell Public Schools–Hands to Mind Science with STEM

Finding breakthroughs for students to grow is a huge a success in the world of education. At Maxwell Elementary School in Lincoln, NE, one student transformed from an aggressive and unmotivated student to a goop-making, volcano-creating, chemical-testing scientist thanks to new Science Learning Stations made possible by a grant from the Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The elementary school purchased new labs, equipment and resources for STEM classes with the funding.

But, it’s not just this one student. When surveyed, students at the school indicated a much higher interest in science and enjoyed the hands-on lessons. Students’ science grades also improved through tests and lab reports. The program has even impacted science teachers by providing them with useful resources to improve teaching strategies and techniques. 

Because of the Grow Rural Ed program, the school has been able to increase interest in STEM fields and promoting STEM literacy for all Maxwell students.