The Jess Parrish Medical Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to the
U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum for its innovative new STEAM Space program,
designed to give students, especially those deemed “at risk,”
the opportunity to discover their own potential in Science, Technology,
Engineering, Art and Math.
Parrish Healthcare care partners raised more than $107,000 during the 2016
employee Circle of Giving campaign as a means to further the Parrish’s
mission to provide Healing Experiences for Everyone all the Time®.
Funds were distributed to various safety, health and wellness programs,
including STEAM Space.
“Making our community a better place is part of our mission, vision
and values,” said Michael Sitowitz executive employee campaign leader
and controller at Parrish Medical Center. “Every child should have
the opportunity to reach their full potential whether that’s to
become a physician, banker, teacher, musician or astronaut. By supporting
STEAM Space, we’re investing in future generations that will one
day lead our community.” “We are deeply grateful to the care
partners and foundation for their support, which will help us create a
multidimensional high tech learning environment that engages students
in structured and unstructured learning adventures,” said museum
executive director Tara Dixon Engel. “Components of STEAM Space
include a Makerspace for grades K-12, expanded STEAM Saturday classes
for grades 3-5, and our new STEAM Encounter workshops for grades 6-12.
We will also host computer and rocketry camps and will tie in our SALT
lessons to help students with Strategic thinking, Administration, Leadership
Dixon Engel said they will partner with Computers Advancing Education,
Inc, on digital lessons and “Make & Take” programs allowing
students to build a computer, learn maintenance and proper use, and then
take the computer home.
The museum is recruiting additional teachers and other support volunteers
to assist with existing and new classes. The STEAM Space project was also
chosen by the LEAD Brevard class of 2017 as a leadership action project,
Dixon Engel explained. “So we are thrilled to have professionals
from across Brevard County assisting with our vision,” the Director
said, “and we are blessed to have agencies like Parrish who share
our dream to empower and engage young people – and build a dynamic
Space Coast work force.”
To find out about programming in Oct., Nov. and Dec., call 321-264-0434
or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the museum’s web site