Pacers Support STEM Effort

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The Pacers Foundation is giving $50,000 to help fund a science, technology, engineering and math program at an Indianapolis school. The grant, which will be presented Wednesday afternoon, will help with Thomas D. Gregg Elementary School's Aviation and Aerospace education initiative. April 9, 2014

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(April 9, 2014) - Indianapolis Public Schools Thomas D. Gregg Elementary School 15 will receive a $50,000 grant today from The Pacers Foundation. The funds will be used to further advance the school-wide theme of Aviation and Aerospace as part of a STEM-related curriculum.

Pacers Foundation representatives will present the grant today, April 9, 2014, during a school-wide assembly at 2:00 p.m.

"The Pacers Foundation is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of children," said Foundation chairman Rick Fuson. "With this grant, we are confident that the combination of Dr. Baker's leadership and the vision of the Gregg Elementary staff will create a new world of exciting learning, motivation and opportunity for some very deserving children."

The grant will enable the school to provide professional development for staff on theme development and implementation in the field of aeronautical studies and sciences. A "Pacers Mission Control Room" will be developed to support the theme. The control room will provide space and materials for students to work on STEM projects, including access to software dedicated to Aviation and Aerospace.

"The theme Aviation and Aerospace was selected because it captures the students' imagination about flight and outer space," said School 15 Principal Dr. Teresa Baker. "The study of Aviation and Aerospace will open a plethora of authentic learning opportunities and career choices for students at an early age."

School 15 is one of three schools in the IPS Innovation NetworkSource: Indianapolis Puble Schools