Middle School STEM Grant
Middle School STEM Grant


Appleton, WI (November 19, 2018) – Xavier Middle School today received a $1,800 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) grant from the Toshiba America Foundation (TAF). John Swisher, a representative from Toshiba America Foundation, presented the check to Chris Goulet, Science Teacher, and Sarah Simon, Education Technology Specialist, at an all-school assembly this morning. These funds will support the purchase of 12 Sphero robots.

The Sphero robots will be used in multiple ways to teach the middle school students in a fun, hands-on learning environment. The students will learn coding to program the robots to do simple tasks. The robots will be used in many other applications, including teaching students about the solar system.

“This grant enables us to raise the bar of excellence in our middle school STEM curriculum. We applaud the initiative that Mrs. Goulet displayed in researching and successfully applying for this grant,” said Dr. John Ravizza, Superintendent.

Toshiba America Foundation’s grants fund projects designed by individual classroom teachers. This “direct-to-teacher” approach brings immediate results. Teachers are able to change the way they teach STEM subjects because the grant supports equipment for hands-on experiments and inquiry-based approaches to the curriculum. TAF believes that STEM is a lot more fun than just reading a textbook and these grants provide teachers with the tools they need to be more effective educators. The grants make the classroom a more exciting place for both teachers and students.