August 28, 2014
Tandem Friends School received a grant that will afford its students hands-on learning opportunities in science and technology.
A representative from Dominion Virginia Power gave Tandem a $5,000 check on Thursday evening. The presentation took place in front of faculty and families during the school's annual, beginning of the school year, community potluck at the school's campus in Albemarle County.
Tandem had applied for the grant to support student work and research in STEM, or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, studies.
Tandem science teachers were excited for the hands-on learning that the check will offer their students.
"Rather than learning about the future out of a text book, they actually have an opportunity to engage in science and be engineers and scientists themselves," said Christine Putnam, a middle school science teacher at Tandem Middle School.
"Getting their hands dirty and really learn how to use tools and build things...that's what we're most excited about," said Jocelyn Camarata, a science teacher at Tandem Upper School.
The grant will allow the school to combine scientific equipment, software, and basic construction tools to enable students, working with teachers, to design, prototype, and explore projects demonstrating alternative energy. 5th through 12th-grade science and math students will use the hands-on projects to explore the concepts of energy and its impact on the environment.
"One of our Quaker testimonies is stewardship. And so, this is an aspect we can use in the science department to teach our students about alternative energy sources," said Camarata.
Tandem recently received the Eco-Living Grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation to support Zero Waste Lunches at school which have now become the standard at Tandem, including at the community potluck on Tuesday.