Chemistry Labs Train and Encourage the Next Generation in Monte Vista
- Local Champion: Monte Vista Schools
- Date Funded: December 13, 2023
- Grant Amount: $10,076
Lab training is critical for high schoolers, allowing them to see chemistry in action while building enthusiasm for science. The latter is especially important because research shows that fewer rural students pursue careers in science and math, with a higher percentage of rural students losing interest in those jobs by the end of 11th grade than their peers. Monte Vista High School has lacked the lab equipment that students need to learn advanced chemistry and other important skills, and their interest in science education has languished. The school’s chemistry teacher had the idea to purchase new experimental supplies so that students would have more lab opportunities and find science classes more attractive. With funding a barrier, she reached out to the LOR Foundation for support. LOR’s funding will help the school acquire new carbon dioxide sensors, data trackers, and colorimeters (for measuring light wavelengths). The new equipment will not only help Monte Vista High School inspire the next generation of rural scientists, but also boost their competition in state science fair.
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