Beatrice Public Schools Receiving STEM Grant, Through Big Red Keno

BEATRICE –  Beatrice Public Schools is one of six grant recipients in this year’s Big Red Keno Science and Math Program.

Big Red Keno CEO Dan Pankow says it’s important for the company to support activities enhancing science, technology, engineering and math education.

The Beatrice Middle School is receiving funding to purchase mini-drones and GPS-guided drone technology.   Students in the High Ability Learner program are the first to be introduced to the new program, but plans are to integrate it into the STEM curriculum for all sixth to eighth grade students.

BPS Director of Curriculum Jackie Nielsen says students have collaborated with public and private partners to determine how drones can be utilized in the community.   The grant will allow about one hundred students to participate in problem-solving experiences.

Grants to six schools through the Big Red Keno program ranged from $5,200 to $7,500, depending on supplies needed for each program.  Since 2016, Big Red Keno’s Science and Math Program has distributed over $200,000 in support to seventeen applicants.

In addition to Beatrice Middle School, grants were approved for Fremont High School, Omaha North High Magnet School, Norfolk Public Schools, Blair High School,  Lothrop Magnet School in Omaha and Omaha’s Sherman Elementary Beyond School Bells program.

On Monday, May 14th from six p.m. until seven p.m., the public is invited to see sixth grade students guide participants through interactive challenges, while seventh graders will present projects developed within the community.  The event will be held at the Beatrice Public School Administration Building gym.

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