Grant could partner students with local professionals

EUGENE, Ore. -- With a shift in the lesson plans, the Arts and Technology Academy hopes to get their students paired up with industry professionals in places like Symantec and EWEB.

Principal Jeffry Johnson said they want to integrate a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (or STEM) curriculum into every class they teach.

According to the Oregon Department of Education, the STEM Lab School grant would cover student projects that partner the kids with industry professionals.

"(To) give them the skills they need, and potentially spark their interest in an area where the current professions and jobs are," said Principal Johnson.

The school already offers renewable energy and robotics courses.

Extending the school day is another option they will consider for kids so they can work on a STEM project. The Arts and Technology Academy will find out the week of April 15 if they got the grant.