By now, you’ve probably heard of STEM education. These schools and programs put their focus on teaching kids how to use science, technology, engineering, and math. Kids learn about these areas on paper, but are also encouraged and shown how to apply them in real-life situations. Ford has its own STEAM program, only they’ve added the “A” to represent the arts, suggesting that creative design is just as important to the puzzle.
Ford STEAM recently paired up with Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) to offer $50,000 in grants to students who showed particular dedication to using STEAM to improve their community. These students applied for the financial support from Ford by explaining how they could use the money along with their STEAM skills to make a change. Students needed to show strong leadership, an ability to partner with members of their community, and the capability to investigate what the “real world” needs to change for the better.
When Ford Gives $50k in grants, it’s not for nothing. The first place students won $20,000 and will use it to convert an F-Series truck to run on hydrogen fuel, plus build the solar energy farm that will power their hydrogen processor. Other winners have plans that include more solar energy stations plus mobile learning labs. The Ford STEAM grant inspires students to put their education to practical use that could change the world, just another reason why Palmetto Ford Lincoln feels proud to be connected to the Ford name.