DCP Wins $100,000 Grant to Expand Innovative STEM Program

We are excited to report that DCP Alum Rock Middle School (DCP ARMS) has won a $100,000 grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation’s Fab School Labs contest. This generous grant will allow us to expand and enhance our STEM program to better prepare students for success in engineering and computer programming courses throughout high school and beyond.

DCP ARMS students already engage in real-world STEM projects—including developing prosthetic arms, coding, and circuit building—but lack the necessary computer and prototyping equipment typically available in maker spaces. DCP alumni-teacher Nina Rodriguez led the school in applying for the Fab School Labs Grant, emphasizing the need for up-to-date technology and fabrication equipment that would enable our students to create complex and lasting design projects. Based on our innovative computer science and engineering curriculum, DCP ARMS was chosen as a grant winner over nearly 200 other public middle school applicants across the nation. The passion our students have for STEM is evident in their video application below:

At DCP, we have long believed that the importance of STEM education should not be undervalued. The lessons learned in STEM classes extend beyond science, technology, engineering, and math—students also learn other skills that will prove useful throughout their lives, including creativity and the ability to bring ideas to fruition. With our newly-updated lab and dedicated, industry-experienced staff, we are confident our students have the tools they need to further their STEM education and use it to their benefit outside of the classroom. Thank you to the Northrop Grumman Foundation for helping DCP in our goal of establishing state-of-the-art maker education spaces throughout its middle schools.

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