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    Coleman Jr./Sr. High School receives $10,000 grant from the Midland County Youth Action Council (MCYAC) to enhance its STEM programs.

    Thomas Pashak, STEM teacher and writer of the grant, believes that this grant will have a positive impact on the students of Coleman for at least a decade. It will provide students with access to high interest projects that both educate and inspire.
    A large portion of the resources will be utilized to create a new high school STEM course. The curriculum for this new course will focus around four pillar projects. Those projects are (1) an aquatics program where students will maintain safe water conditions to breed fish, (2) a maple syrup production project where students will learn how to utilize available natural resources, (3) a Midland wildlife location website where the class will document online our original photographs of numerous species found within our county, and (4) a gaming computer build in which students will research and assemble a computer from scratch. Although unique in its approach, by focusing on stardard based learning targets and through extensive use of the engineering process, this class with develop the problem solving skills that employers and universities desire.
    The remaining funds will be dedicated to providing quality learning resources to the junior high courses that already exist within the district. These resources will add units on electrical circuits, functional coding and mechanical engineering to the Junior High Curriculum.
    Midland County Youth Action Council (MCYAC) is a project of the Midland Area Community Foundation, and is made possible through the Council of Michigan Foundations and supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Midland Area Community Foundation provides philanthropic leadership to strengthen our community by fostering collaboration and giving today and in the future.