Bathgate Elementary

2018 Winner: Category C 501 to 650 Students | Four winners, $15,000 each
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City: Mission Viejo

Principal: Shelly Kurtz

How They'll Use the Grant

If Bathgate wins this grant money, we will use it for a STEM/Innovation Lab so our students can engage in scientific learning through real world applications. Elementary students learn through active exploration, so it is during these years that evidenced-based STEM curricula should begin, setting children on a path to develop a love of scientific inquiry. In addition to developing an interest and knowledge base for STEM and enhanced inquiry skills, science instruction improves abilities in subjects outside of STEM, including literacy, language-learning, math, and executive functioning. A STEM/Innovation Lab would support our Bathgate students in their educational journey as they grow as scholars and life-long learners.
Bathgate students will move on to a middle school and high school that both have exemplary STEM programs embracing NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) including Engineering, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking. We need to prepare our students for success in middle school and high school by embedding more engineering opportunities in elementary school. It is our goal to establish a continuum of scientific learning from elementary through high school, to support our students’ success, but we need a STEM/Innovation Lab to accomplish this goal. Should Bathgate win, the grant money will be used to equip our STEM/Innovation Lab with necessary equipment, supplies and materials needed to actively engage our students as they explore, discover and create. Part of the grant will also be used for professional learning for our teachers.