In Rainier Scholars’ physics classes, sixth and seventh graders not only understand Newtonian Theory but are applying it to hands-on activities thanks to a grant from Google that will support increased STEM literacy for students throughout Washington.
Rainier Scholars cultivates the academic potential and leadership skills of hard-working, low-income students of color and encourages a strong focus on STEM literacy.
This spring, scholars will compete in a great Mousetrap Car Race and test their mastery of Newtonian theory with their model judged on speed or distance.
“The joy comes when the students begin to grasp the ideas,” said Rainier Scholars teacher Dr. Siddiq Adbul-Alim who worked with the students on the race project. “When they huddle up and are discussing their project or lab experiment in earnest and you see real science going on. That’s exciting!”
Through STEM curriculum and career exposure programs, high school and college scholars are able to go on tours at employers like Google to meet with professional technologists, see where they work, learn what they do and engage in fun, learning activities.
“We love giving back to the communities where we live and work, and we’re deeply committed to expanding access to STEM education,” said Darcy Nothnagle, head of external affairs for Google Northwest. “These students are amazing, and we’re proud to support the work of Rainier Scholars to help them learn and innovate.”
Since 2011, Google has awarded more than $14.4 million to nonprofits and schools in Washington State.