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Latest Ellsworth schools' STEM grant aimed at math, science

Hand-held data collectors have been used by students in Dennis Zielinski's ninth grade science classes at Ellsworth High School, purchased with funds from a past Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) grant. Last week, Zielinski showed student Dan Langer how one of the units works.

For the third year in a row, the Ellsworth School District has been awarded a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) grant by the state's Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

The latest grant, in the amount of $4,804, will be used for equipment to improve math and science classes at the middle and high schools, according to Curriculum Director and Hillcrest Principal Leona Johnson. The district's application was submitted last spring and officials here learned the grant was approved early last week.

"We always try to do something creative," Johnson said Thursday about the district's pursuit of the grant, explaining approved ones are made available by the DPI online for others involved in the highly competitive process to copy.

Pleased to again be successful, she said the local applications have included middle and high school combinations.

"We also made a connection between technical education and core math and science," she said as a possible reason the latest grant was awarded.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Sept. 23.