This week Hiram College received its second grant for 2008 from the Ohio Board of Regents. Chancellor Eric Fungerhut announced STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] and Foreign Language Academies Awards that included $275,984 for “Igniting Streams of Learning in Science,” a collaboration among Hiram College, Kent State University, and the University of Akron.
Hiram biology professor Denny Taylor is the lead partner in “Igniting Streams of Learning.” The summer academy engages high school students and their teachers from nine school districts on the Cuyahoga Watershed who use biomonitoring protocols developed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The premise of the program is that effective science education should model real science by immersing students and their teachers in all aspects of doing science. This includes designing and carrying out scientific investigations that have a direct impact on the environment.
“The Regents STEM and Foreign Language Academies align with Governor Strickland’s Turnaround Ohio Plan,” Fingerhut said. “The state has dedicated significant funds to STEM education and the academies will help Ohioans fully participate in today’s global economy.”
“Igniting Streams of Learning” was first offered in the summer of 2007.
Earlier this month, the Regents awarded Hiram College $99,061 for a separate summer program for teachers called “Science in the Schoolyard.”