Lincoln Elementary receives grant, purchases STEM kits

Lincoln Elementary School recently received five STEM kits after the school received a $2,500 Monsanto grant

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Students at Lincoln Elementary School make fishing rods with a STEM kit that the school purchased with Monsanto grant funds.
Masaki Ova / The Jamestown Sun
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JAMESTOWN – Lincoln Elementary School in Jamestown recently received five STEM kits that were made possible after the school received a $2,500 Monsanto grant.

Deb McClean nominated Lincoln Elementary School to be the recipient of the grant, which is made possible by the Bayer Fund. McClean and her husband, Jerome, who farms 17 miles southwest of Jamestown, applied for the grant. Deb McClean was notified about being awarded the $2,500 grant that she could donate to a nonprofit organization or a school of her choice.

“I wanted to give it to the school so they would be able to use that money and they could help the kids learn,” said McClean, whose granddaughters attend Lincoln Elementary School.

Lincoln Elementary School students worked with the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) kits May 24-25. Students learned how a pH scale works, made fishing rods, built structures that can withstand earthquakes and made vehicles for the future among other activities.

The STEM kits were purchased from the National Inventors Hall of Fame’s Club Invention program.


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Students at Lincoln Elementary School build a structure that can withstand an earthquake with a STEM kit that the school received using Monsanto grant funds.
Masaki Ova / The Jamestown Sun

“I love the STEM kits because they allow the kids to be able to explore in a non-structured environment, but they get to make mistakes and fix those mistakes and work through it, so it really encourages a lot of problem solving and also teamwork,” said Janel Monson, third grade teacher at Lincoln. “They also allow them to be able to start with an idea and see it through to the end.”

She said the kits allow students to be creative and learn new skills such as what makes a structure such as a house stay together.

Monson said the goal is to use the STEM kits every year and rotate what ones students use so they don’t do the same activities every year.

Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sun in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm near Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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