On Wednesday, Mississippi Representative Kent McCarty joined Pete Martinez, deputy vice president of state advocacy of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), at Longleaf Elementary to announce a $2,500 STEM Pipeline educational grant to support the school’s initiatives for STEM curriculum.
“PhRMA’s donation is a wonderful opportunity to bring more resources to the STEM curriculum at Longleaf Elementary,” McCarty said. “Our students will have the foundation needed to explore higher education programs with successful career paths.”
There is a global focus on STEM-based learning for grade school children that is designed to increase students’ curiosity in pursuing specialized careers in technical fields. STEM in K-12 opens the door for teachers and students to become tomorrow's innovators.
“The funds will be used to further implement our STEAM programs here at Longleaf,” said Longleaf Elementary Principal Angela McCarty. “Our students thrive with opportunities for hands on learning that connects the students to real world careers and issues. We are thrilled for this opportunity to give our students more room to explore, experiment, and solve problems logically.”
Longleaf Elementary was founded in 2013 and has more than 700 students in their Pre-K through fifth grade classes. As a part of the Lamar County School District, their mission is to empower all students with the knowledge and skills to create their own futures; to become passionate, lifelong learners; and to contribute cooperatively to a diverse and changing world.
“It is critical that we advance and improve knowledge in the STEM fields and foster a 21st century workforce,” Martinez said. “PhRMA represents the nation’s leading biopharmaceutical research companies and recognizes the need to find new ways to improve the quality of STEM education starting at the K‐12 level and continuing beyond college. We recognize that a STEM workforce is critical in an increasingly competitive global economy.”