GREAT Things are happening at Whitehaven

STEMedia Center

Students at Whitehaven Elementary will soon be able to enjoy even more STEM-related resources, thanks to a $5,344 grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries. 

Whitehaven Elementary is one of 130 schools nationwide to recently receive a library grant from the Laura Bush Foundation, which supports school libraries and programs that encourage reading and learning. "I am so excited about this opportunity to enhance and advance our library collection to reflect our diverse student body and STEM curriculum," said librarian Mycha Williams-Gladney.

Whitehaven Elementary plans to give its library a modern facelift using funds from the grant, adding STEM-related books and reading materials to the current collection. The library will even get a new name to reflect the school's focus on STEM: the "STEMedia Center."

"With a new and improved library, we can ensure that our students will have 21st century learning experiences at school and at home," said Tommy Elliott, principal of Whitehaven Elementary STEM School.

Summer Robotics Academy

Discovering the world of STEM, building robots and flying drones sounds like an awesome way to spend summer vacation. Well, that's exactly what students from Whitehaven Elementary's STEM program have been up to during the school's annual Summer Robotics Academy. Thanks to an incredible grant from Verizon, the school was able to purchase some amazing "toys" for students.

It's no secret that careers in the STEM field will become some of the fastest growing and most high need areas in the next few years. By exposing students to different career opportunities earlier, we're able to challenge them academically, expose them to new potential opportunities and prepare them for the future.

Whitehaven Elementary WINS State Robotics Tournament

They are not even old enough to drive cars yet, but these kids are driving robots all the way to an international competition.

With a little teamwork and a lot of hard work, these kids from Whitehaven Elementary's STEM Academy built robots and beat out teams from all across the state to qualify for the world championships. 

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