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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: March 21, 2012

LEGO Education gave Wake County Public School System two $40,000 Smart Schools grants, which will be used to fund a new education program at 6 schools. Only 14 school districts nationwide were chosen to be among the first to receive these grants from LEGO North America and the Education Blueprint Association.

WCPSS will match an additional $80,000 to help fund the new Smart Schools program at the six schools. The schools awarded the grant money are A.B. Combs Elementary, Centennial Middle, and Athens Drive High, in central Wake County; and Hodge Road Elementary, East Wake Middle, and Knightdale High, in eastern Wake County.

The Smart Schools program uses hands-on LEGO Education programs and services to enhance learning at all grade levels across the curriculum, especially in science, technology, engineering and math. The program is designed to get students thinking and problem solving in more creative, innovative ways with team work.

"Creative programs like this one drive innovative classrooms and better prepare our students to compete in the 21st Century," WCPSS Superintendent Tony Tata said in a statement.

Information provided by a press release from Wake County Public School System


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