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STEM News Roundup: Lockheed Martin Invests $800,000 Into Denver Public Schools

STEM News Round-Up: Lockheed Martin Invests $800,000 Into Denver Public Schools

Lockheed Martin has invested $800,000 into Denver Public Schools for the purpose of advancing STEM efforts in the district.

"The investment will underwrite the cost of implementing Project Lead the Way’s STEM-based curricula at up to 100 elementary, middle and high schools in DPS over a three-year period,” said

Lockheed Martin is an aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company that is based in Maryland but has several branches that operate in Colorado.

It is one of many companies now that has made sizable donations to improving STEM instruction in schools in hopes of recruiting skilled talent in the future.

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How the Performing Arts Can Teach STEM to Preschoolers

U.S. News talked to the people behind The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, an organization that teaches young learners STEM through performance art.

"We use the performing arts to support children's learning of science, technology, engineering and math because we know that when you use the performing arts to teach these subjects, not only are there wonderful connections, but children learn better – children are really able to grasp the concepts through the performing arts,” said the company’s director Jennifer Cooper to U.S. News.

Cooper says the program has helped children achieve better scores.

"Children who participated in the Wolf Trap program did better in their math scores – it was equivalent to 26 to 34 additional days of learning for those children – as opposed to children who did not participate in the program,” she said.

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#GlobalMakerDay Being Held Next Week

The completely free and virtual event #GlobalMakerDay is being held May 17, 2016. The event will feature speakers from many different backgrounds who will talk about different aspects of the maker movement.

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