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Runnymede CI receives STEM-sational tech grant

Runnymede CI receives STEM-sational tech grant

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

Runnymede CI was recently selected as one of only 14 schools across Canada to receive a significant technology grant from Best Buy. As a STEM-lead (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) school, Runnymede CI will use their grant dollars (about $20,000) to purchase equipment such as drawing tablets, DSLR cameras, and computers with editing software. This will enhance opportunities for students to develop their skills and create their portfolios, setting the stage for them to achieve success and stay inspired as they prepare for their futures. 

On February 19, Ward 7 Parkdale-High Park Trustee and TDSB Chair Robin Pilkey visited the school for the official cheque presentation to thank Best Buy representatives and congratulate students. “In our connected world, technology is increasingly important,” she told guests. “Digital learning is essential for all students to develop the skills and knowledge to participate meaningfully in our complex, globalized world.”

Runnymede was one of more than 300 schools to submit an application. For Teacher Andrea Lambert, it was the fourth kick at the can, and she said the lesson in that for students is to persevere. Three years ago she moved towards more of a digital-based program as students expressed interest in both art and technology. “Students have a passion for both,” she said. The equipment purchased from the grant will “help students take their work to the next level,” she added. 

Grade 12 student Brittany R agreed and said that the whole school would benefit. “It’s not only the kids making art, but it’s the kids who get to appreciate it and see the talent that is in fellow students.”

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