Norfolk Elementary School Hosts Grant-Funded STEM Event

NORFOLK – Norfolk elementary students are getting a hands-on lesson in science.

Lincoln Montessori Elementary School hosted their third annual STEM Grant open house Tuesday. The event is put on annually by the school using funds provided through a grant program started by Big Red Keno.

“What we do is we open up the process and make the funds available,” said Big Red general counsel Bill Harvey. “The schools really decide what they’re going to do with the money. We’ve really enjoyed this Norfolk program.”

Lincoln Elementary had a number of stations set up, giving kids a chance to experience robotics, life sciences and even work with some heavy machinery. Organizers say it’s a way to get young kids interested in high-demand areas of study.

“We think it’s so important to teach kids about science and math,” Harvey said. “Those things are very important to us as a nation, as a state and for our communities.”

Norfolk Public Schools were one of six entities that split a portion of $57,000 in grant money announced last month. Big Red Keno says they’ve awarded more than $200,000 in STEM grants over the last three years.

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