Brevard Schools Foundation Receives $135,000 To Launch New Innovation Center Project

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Northrop Grumman recently awarded $135,000 to Brevard Schools Foundation (BSF) to launch a pilot Innovation Center project in six schools, as well as to support other BSF programs. (Brevard School's Foundation)

Northrop Grumman recently awarded $135,000 to Brevard Schools Foundation (BSF) to launch a pilot Innovation Center project in six schools, as well as to support other BSF programs. (Brevard School’s Foundation)

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Northrop Grumman recently awarded $135,000 to Brevard Schools Foundation (BSF) to launch a pilot Innovation Center project in six schools, as well as to support other BSF programs. 

Nearly $120,000 will fund the innovation centers, a collaborative project developed by Brevard Public Schools’ elementary media resource teacher, Gina Clark, and Ed Short, elementary science resource teacher.

This project seeks to create student-led collaborative, inquiry-based STEM makerspaces or FabLabs, in media centers, that are designed to help students think and analyze critically.  These centers range from high tech to low tech, by integrating all content areas of curriculum.

The schools that will benefit are: Hoover Middle, Indialantic Elementary, Gemini Elementary, Central Middle, Jupiter Elementary and Turner Elementary.

Desmond Blackburn

Desmond Blackburn

“This generous grant from Northrop Grumman represents a significant opportunity to develop in our students the kind of creativity and innovation needed for the future,” said Superintendent Desmond K. Blackburn. 

“We are absolutely thrilled with the trust they’ve placed in us.”

“The Brevard Schools Foundation Innovation Center labs will provide an opportunity for students to develop hands-on, exploratory interest in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Rick Matthews, Northrop Grumman vice president of operations and Melbourne site manager.

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“This program is key to creating and sustaining our children’s interest in STEM, and Northrop Grumman is proud to support this worthwhile effort.”

For more information about this event, please contact Janice Kershaw, executive director, at 321-633-1000 ext. 756 or kershaw.janice@brevardschools.org.


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