PRESS RELEASE – Madison Elementary Receives STEM Grant From Toshiba America Foundation for $1,000



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Sherri Gamble, Madison School District
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Adrian, MI (11/28/2017) –Madison Elementary School is pleased to announce that third grade teacher, Ms. Sherri Gamble applied for and received a $1,000 STEM grant from the Toshiba America Foundation (TAF). These funds will support the Engineering Design Process for 3rd grade students learning about Maglev Trains.

Third grade students at Madison Elementary School will explore different properties of magnets and in the end create their own Maglev Train that carries pennies across a track. Students must use their new knowledge of magnets to be able to be successful.

“Grants like this help provide teachers with the resources they need to be more effective teachers,” said Madison Principal, Nate Pechaitis. “This year we have had an increased focus on the application of science and engineering practices. In addition, we have been intentional about teaching science through literacy. Students have found their learning to be more purposeful, and as a result, they have been more engaged. As we continue to center our efforts on initiatives like this, support from the Toshiba America Foundation is most helpful. We are grateful for their assistance to help us obtain resources to advance this type of learning. We are also proud of the efforts of our teachers like Ms. Gamble, who make this happen. She and the rest of our third-grade team are changing our instructional model for the better.”

Toshiba America Foundation’s grants fund projects designed by individual classroom teachers. This “direct-to-teacher” approach brings immediate results. Teachers are able to change the way they teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects because the grant supports equipment for hands-on experiments and inquiry-based approaches to the curriculum. At TAF, we believe that STEM is a lot more fun than just reading a textbook. TAF grants provide teachers with the tools they need to be more effective educators. The grants make the classroom a more exciting place for both teachers and students.

“With this ‘hands-on’ engineering project opportunity I am hoping to help third graders build a love for science,” said 3rd grade teacher Sherri Gamble. “I am so excited and incredibly thankful my students will get this opportunity. Thank you, Toshiba America Foundation!”


Pictured is Ms. Gamble’s third-grade class as well as Toshiba America Sr. District Sales Manager Kennedy Cross presenting Ms. Gamble and Upper Elementary Principal Nate Pechaitis the grant check.


About Toshiba America Foundation

Founded in 1990 with support from Toshiba Corporation and the Toshiba America Group Companies, Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) is a non-profit grant making organization dedicated to helping classroom teachers make STEM learning fun and successful for K to 12 students in U.S. schools. TAF grants support public and nonprofit private schools throughout the United States.  For more information, please visit: