In a morning assembly full of science and just a hint of magic, German science and technology company Merck KGaA announced a new grant program for teachers in the St. Louis area.
The morning began with Washington University Chancellor Mark Wrighton dazzling students at KIPP Inspire Academy with a magical display of chemistry and ended with students exploring the world of chemistry for themselves through hands-on science experiments. With real-life chemists and biologists by their side, students were able to engage their curiosity and imagine themselves in these very roles.
â€œOur partnership with KIPP and the Institute for School Partnership at Wash U highlights the potential that curiosity brings to the classroom,â€ said Jeffrey Whitford, Director of Global Citizenship at Sigma-Aldrich, the life science company soon to be acquired by Merck KGaA.
â€œWhen science is captivating the possibilities are endless, and we saw that happen with the KIPPsters at Inspire Academy.â€
However, the students werenâ€™t the only ones with something to get excited about.
Merck KGaA also announced the beginning of a new grant program for St. Louis educators. Through the program, educators can apply for grants of up to $1,250 that would allow them to do in-class science explorations with their students. Select programs could even be assigned a scientist or researcher from the company to help mentor students through the project.
â€œKIPP is incredibly grateful for community partners that help our scholars climb the mountain to and through college,â€ said Kelly Garrett, executive director of KIPP St. Louis.
â€œThe Merck KGaA/Sigma-Aldrich event at KIPP Inspire Academy demonstrated many critical components of our partnership with them â€“ the importance and the magic of science, potential careers in scientific fields, and the need to focus on your studies today to achieve your goals tomorrow.â€
Submissions for the grant program are due January 13, 2016. For more information, visit http://www.125yearssmartertogether.com/smarter-together-in-the-classroom/.
NovemberÂ 2015 Â | Â by, Gennafer Barajas