Lowe’s Heroes step up to help Cheyenne Middle School STEM class
BY PATTY MILLER
THE EDMOND SUN
When Cheyenne Middle School teacher Jill Sullins was starting a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) class, Gateway to Technology last fall, she realized there were some things she was going to need in order to teach her students. She contacted a local business who helped more than she could ever have imagined.
“I needed some equipment and materials and there was no backing nor funding at the moment. I contacted Lowe’s North Store and asked if there was a way to apply for a grant,” Sullins said. “I sent a letter on school letterhead requesting help.”
The letter landed on the desk of Rebecca Brown, Lowe’s North Store assistant store manager who decided to help. With a $2,500 grant from the store, Sullins’ request was granted.
“Lowe’s benefitted our Gateway to Technology program, Jill’s class andthey also have helped us with our Outdoor Exploratorium,” said Cheyenne’s principal Michelle Grinsteiner.
The Outdoor Exploratorium is an outdoor classroom where science teachers in particular work with students growing plants and building gardens.
“Help from Lowe’s as well as other neighboring businesses has done a great job in assisting our building with their needs. That helps with our budgets as well as our teachers’ time,” Grinsteiner said.
When Lowe’s Heroes showed up at the school they came with everything needed to outfit a STEM classroom.
“They brought us all kinds of amazing equipment for the classroom including work benches, stools and a peg board which they also installed,” Sullins said. “Our Lowe’s Heroes also provided hooks and tools and storage shelves on wheels. It was awesome. They made ourclassroom look like a real workroom. It was amazing.”
Lowe’s Heroes also installed a cabinet and countertop for the classroom’s printing station. It holds a black and white printer, color and 3-D printer, Sullins added.
“They brought it one day after school and they set up all of the things in the classroom,” Sullins said. “They turned our regular classroom into a STEM classroom.”
Sullins’ classroom is a STEM Maker Class where students build robotics, program CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) to print on a 3-D printer, and participatein problem solving situations by building projects.
There are about 25 students in a class each semester and about 300 students rotate into the class during the school year, Sullins added.
In addition the students participate in the Technology Club after school.
Cheyenne students recently placed sixth in the nation at the National STEM Conference.
“I recently took 12 studentswho placed in theTop 10 in the nation in six different events,” Sullins said while attending the conference held in Orlando, Fla. “The students also got to visit theKennedy Space Center.”
She added Santa Fe High School took 11 students to the conference who placed in the the Top 10 in three different events.
Lowe’s of North Edmond employees are heroes to the Cheyenne Middle School STEM students for donating $2,500 worth of supplies for the STEM classroom and then helping set up the room for students to use. Lowe’s Heroes include back row from left: Rebecca Brown, Cheyenne teacher Jill Sullins, Tawney Harrington, Pam Young, Kyle Sifford, Kacey Goodman, Cody Windell and Jacob Kinman. Cheyenne STEM students who helped their Heroes unload the equipment include front row from left: Alex Loney, Isaac Newberry, Derrick Denney and Carson Kay.