BEATRICE – Beatrice Public Schools took delivery today of what’s call a Maker Space trailer, to be used to allow elementary students to make things.
District Business Manager John Brazell says the trailer is being funded by an innovation grant.
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Brazell says Beatrice is one of five schools receiving the grant, and the trailers. Districts can decide what materials will be used and grant funding will help tailor it to the district’s use. The money comes from state lottery funds allocated to education.
Max Cuppens, of Lincoln is with the Beyond School Bells program, and built out the interior of the trailer for the Beatrice district.
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The Maker Space trailers are designed to hold a lot of equipment, which allows some flexibility for school districts that may not have a lot of space.
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Network Lead for Beyond School Bells, Jeff Cole says Kearney and Schuyler districts were the first to receive the trailers, and the grant allow Beatrice and four other districts to join the list.
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Each trailer is worth about $7,500.
The district’s Maker Space trailer arrived Tuesday morning at the Beatrice School Administration Building parking lot. Districts can fashion their own logo on the trailer they receive. The think, make and create labs help schools develop community partnerships in areas of science, technology, engineering and math.