First National Bank recently announced a $25,000 contribution to Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership (Hurricane Island) to support their STEM Education Programs which connect students and educators to place-based learning and community-centered science through student focused programs, teacher focused programs, generalized school support, and educational partnerships.
Hurricane Island delivers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education programming to 34 partner schools across Maine, including Oceanside High School in Rockland. Their programs engage students in research driven projects in their schoolyards and on the waterfront, customizing projects to center student research questions that engage with the local ecosystem. Their science instruction offers hands-on interactions with their marine research sites, teaching science while fostering curiosity, stewardship and connection to the land.
“Hurricane Island is so grateful to have the support of the First National Bank for our Education Programs. Not only do the funds help kids learn science about their local ecosystems, but working with the First National Bank helps us build a stronger community. The relationships we build between our local students, school leaders, and community members through funding like this makes a stronger safety net to support these students as they enter the local workforce or pursue higher education.”
Bo Hoppin, Executive Director
For more information on Hurricane Island visit: www.hurricaneisland.net
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