ELIZABETH – Last month, students and teachers from the SkillsUSA club at Elizabeth Public High School’s John E. Dwyer Technology Academy accepted a $10,000 grant from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. The grant was given to support the club’s ongoing community service effort, The Oyster Project.
The Oyster Project is a multi-disciplinary approach to learning science and mathematics, using technology to accelerate the learning process. The goals of the project are to create an oyster farm in order to learn about the history of the waterways around the New York/New Jersey metropolitan areas; to study the relationship between nature and science; and assess the impact of a community on natural resources.
The Lowe’s grant will enable students to monitor the local ecosystem and waterways using remote and local instrumentation systems, so they can eventually reintroduce oysters into the Arthur Kill waterway. The equipment measures PH, salinity, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, local weather and other sensors.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. The organization helps high school and college students enrolled in career and technical education programs to excel by teaching employability skills such as communication, problem solving and leadership in conjunction with their trade, technical and service occupation skills. The Elizabeth Public Schools’ chapter of SkillsUSA operates under the direction of teacher advisors Roger Osgood and Lilia Chaika.
Larry D. Stone, Chairman of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation stated, “By supporting local schools like Elizabeth’s John E. Dwyer Technology Academy, we believe we are not only investing in community projects that are important to our customers and employees, but we’re also helping schools build a stronger foundation for the students who will be tomorrow’s employees, homeowners and community leaders.”
Elizabeth Public Schools Superintendent, Pablo Muñoz added, “We greatly appreciate Lowe’s generosity and commitment to helping us advance our mathematics and science curricula. This grant will allow our high school students to engage in real-life learning experiences that are relevant not only to their current coursework, but also to the needs of a 21st century society.”
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