During a regular board meeting on November 14, Warsaw Community Schools’ Board of Trustees approved a recently awarded $150,000 grant provided by the Zimmer Biomet Foundation. The funds will be utilized to continue the expansion of WCS’s K-12 STEM initiatives, which are aligned with Warsaw Community School’s mission and strategic planning pillars.
WCS believes that it is necessary to provide equitable STEM instruction to all K-12 students. Throughout the 2022-23 school year, WCS will offer professional development for all K-12 staff, provide updated materials and equipment, and implement the 8th annual Robotics competition for the robotics teams at each elementary school.
The support of Zimmer Biomet and the Zimmer Biomet Foundation has assisted WCS in producing a rigorous and high-quality STEM curriculum. “Edgewood Middle School is truly appreciative of the Zimmer Biomet Foundation’s support as we pursue becoming a model STEM middle school,” shared JoElla Hauselman, Edgewood’s Principal. “Edgewood’s STEM Leadership Team worked this summer to complete the IDOE STEM certification application; our teachers have benefited from Project Based Learning (PBL) training and our students are enjoying the hands-on learning opportunities we are embedding across the curriculum. These accomplishments are thanks to the Zimmer Biomet Foundation’s generous donation.”
WCS administrators and instructional coaches are working to ensure that STEM education is protected and guaranteed to all students. It is partners such as Zimmer Biomet and the Zimmer Biomet Foundation that make this possible. “WCS is blessed with our local partnerships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education,” added Dr. David Hoffert, WCS Superintendent. “Through the ongoing assistance of Zimmer Biomet and the Zimmer Biomet Foundation, WCS has become a state and national leader in STEM education. This investment is key in preparing our students for local and national jobs in orthopedics and many other STEM-related fields. We are grateful for this long-standing relationship between WCS and Zimmer Biomet.”
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Photo: Edgewood Middle School’s STEM Leadership Team Completed PBL Training Alongside National PBL Trainer and Educational Consultant, Al Summers