Toshiba America Foundation Announces Nearly $70,000 in Funding for 12 Innovative Classroom STEM Projects

New grant awards support exciting Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) education programs in grades 6-12

Thursday, August 1, 2019 8:55 am EDT


New York
"The grants make the STEM classroom more exciting for both teachers and students."

The Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) today announced nearly $70,000 in grants for 12 innovative classroom STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic) projects in grades 6-12.

Among these are grants for students to learn biology, engineering, math, physics, forensic and environmental science including robotics, coding, and 3D printing. Some of them address critical issues like remediation of polluted water, or using mathematics to run a small business in a rural area – the common thread across all 12 projects is that they incorporate novel ways to introduce STEM disciplines into the classroom. For example, Westview High School, Portland, OR will use a TAF grant to purchase equipment essential to a general lab that enable students to sample and design experiments such as monitoring the health of a local creek and allow for seasonal and annual observations, evaluating the effects of pollutants on different organisms, and investigating ways to remediate the pollution.

"TAF grants provide teachers with the tools they need to be more effective educators," said TAF President, John Anderson. "The grants make the STEM classroom more exciting for both teachers and students."

Toshiba America Foundation’s grants aim to fund projects designed by innovative classroom teachers. This “direct-to-teacher” approach brings immediate results. Teachers are able to enhance the way they teach STEM subjects, because the grant supports equipment for hands-on experiments and project based learning to the curriculum. At TAF, we believe that learning STEM subjects is a lot more fun and engaging than just reading a textbook.

STEM educators interested in applying for a K-5 TAF grant please click here (deadline: 10/1) or a 6-12 TAF grant please click here (deadlines; > $5K: 5/1 & 11/1; < $5K: 3/1, 6/1, 9/1, 12/1)

About Toshiba America Foundation

Founded in 1990 with support from Toshiba Corporation and the Toshiba America Group Companies, Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) is a non-profit grant making organization dedicated to helping classroom teachers make STEM learning exciting, impactful and collaborative for K to 12 students in U.S. schools. TAF grants support public and nonprofit private schools throughout the United States.  For more information, please visit:

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TAF Grant Recipients:

WESTVIEW HIGH SCHOOL, PORTLAND, ORUsing Algae to Remediate Polluted WaterKyle Kinzler 6,850
SANBORN REGIONAL H.S., KINGSTON, NHFind a Fungi, Print a ParasiteMeghan Petruzzi 9,770
ALEXANDER FLEMING MIDDLE SCHOOL, LOMITA, CA Putting the E in STEM: Underwater Remote Operated VehiclesDaniel Nesbitt 6,000
OVERBROOK SCHOOL, NASHVILLE, TNVEX IQ Robotics and Rube Goldberg ChallengesSister Marie Noelle Lawrence 8,400
BASIS FLAGSTAFF, FLAGSTAFF, AZ Forensics LabTom Talasek 4,920
INTERAGENCY ACADEMY, SEATTLE, WA Learning Through Film: Project Based Learning for Seattle's At-Risk Youth Kelly Harvey 5,000
LEWISBURG SCHOOL, LEWISBURG, KY  Student Run BusinessGrace Harris 5,000
MOUNT CARMEL ACADEMY, NEW ORLEANS, LA  Club RoboticsSuzanne Buras 5,000
OAK MIDDLE SCHOOL, SHREWSBURY, MA  Human Centered DesignJeremy Mularella 3,900
OLSON MIDDLE SCHOOL, TABERNACLE, NJ Impact of Erosion on a BioswaleHeather Petersack 3,800
SOUTH PLAINFIELD HIGH SCHOOL, SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ Protein Sequencing Comes to LifeShanti Kantha-Murray 3,875
WESTTOWN SCHOOL, WEST CHESTER, PATeaching biological experimental design and data analysis with small animal respirometryMariska Batavia 5,000
TOTAL $ 67,515

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