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Innovation Generation Fifty thousand dollars in grants and prizes is awarded to two Grand Prize Winners in the first Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education “Innovation Generation Contest.” SchoolflwrsNebraska’s St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School and New Jersey’s William Davies Middle School each received $25,000 to build State-of-the-Art Stanley Black & Decker Makerspaces in their learning communities. By winning the contest St. Mary’s will have the tools, services and equipment necessary to foster a spirit of learning, ingenuity and growth for our 21st century innovators.

Dr. Trish Wallinger, our school principal says, “Kids and teachers alike at St. Mary’s Elementary School are beyond excited to start STEAM-ing into the future! We are thrilled to be receiving a designated makerspace for our students in grades pre-K through 8 to use for their STEM, STEAM and STREAM activities, and we know that this immersive learning experience will leave a lasting mark on their individual educational journeys. All of our creative juices are flowing, and we can’t wait to put our ideas into motion in this next school year. We’re thankful to Stanley Black and Decker, and Discovery Education for helping to make our dreams come true.”

“Stanley Black & Decker is committed to empowering the next generation with the proper tools and equipment needed to bring STEAM-learning to life and we congratulate our inaugural ‘Innovation Generation Contest’ winners,” said Stanley Black & Decker Corporate Responsibility Officer Deb Geyer. “In collaboration with Discovery Education, we are focused on providing unique building, making and doing experiences to an emerging class of 21st century innovators.”

“Today’s learners need advanced, digitally immersive experiences to help them connect the dots between classrooms and careers,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Marking Officer at Discovery Education Lori McFarling. “We’re excited to continue providing students with access to real world applications that allow them to explore first-hand the intersection of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math, preparing them to solve complex and diverse issues of the future.”

Many thanks to everyone who voted from October 2018 through March 2019 in the contest. Because of you, our student’s will be STEAM-ing ahead.

St Mary's Information

St. Mary's Catholic School is a Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade School of the Archdiocese of Omaha. Our mission is to provide a Catholic education that nurtures students' hearts and minds to become servant leaders in an ever-changing world.

Our philosophy of education is to offer a five-day program to assist families in teaching those truths, skills, and ideals, which are necessary for Christian living. We believe that education must develop the faculties and abilities of the whole child: spiritually, intellectually, physically, and emotionally. To help achieve this, our faculty and staff are an integral part of the formation of Christian community and dedicate themselves to the task of developing Christian citizens.



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