Milwaukee Public Schools
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Cass Street School Opens New STEM Center

Grant from Rockwell Automation supports student learning in science, technology, engineering and math

By - Oct 3rd, 2019 02:09 pm
Cass Street School opens new STEM center. Photo courtesy of MPS.

Cass Street School opens new STEM center. Photo courtesy of MPS.

MILWAUKEE (October 3, 2019) – Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), in collaboration with Rockwell Automation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, unveiled a new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) Center at Cass Street School on Thursday, October 3. The STEM Center will provide students with hands-on tools in an environment suited to deliver critical skills needed to solve the complex challenges of our technology-dependent world. Instruction will be based in Project Lead The Way (PLTW) curriculum, which engages and empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills.

Funding from Rockwell Automation in the amount of $130,000 has allowed for design of the new STEM Center with updated technology equipment, including tablets, projectors, 3D printers, supplies, consumables and vex equipment for middle school PLTW modules.

“Our students need every opportunity to learn cutting edge concepts on relevant, current technology,” said MPS Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley. “Thanks to Rockwell Automation, this STEM Center will prepare students to be competitive across many college and career options. Students get excited about hands-on learning, and this facility will promote achievement at Cass.”

“At Rockwell Automation, our brand promise is to Expand Human Possibility, and we extend that promise into our communities – helping to inspire science, technology, engineering, and math leaders,” said Blake Moret, Rockwell Automation Chairman & CEO. Moret added, “Our partnership with Cass Street School is not new. I’m proud that our employees, led by our African American Professional Network Employee Resource Group, have been an integral part of the Cass Street School family for more than five years. We’re ramping up that involvement! Our employees have integrated Rockwell into the Cass Street family and are committed to awakening our students to the power of STEM education.”

“Milwaukee Public Schools and Rockwell Automation are tremendous partners,” said Kathy Thornton-Bias, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee President & CEO. “We know that when children have access to STEM subjects and have the opportunity to explore their interests in a constructive manner, they are more likely to succeed in other areas. That’s why the Clubs are incredibly grateful for this team effort to provide an amazing space for the kids.”

Cass Street School is located at 1647 N. Cass Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • Ninety percent of 2019-20 budget dollars go directly to classrooms;
  • Four more MPS schools were approved to pursue IB authorization;
  • The MPS Class of 2018 earned $86.2 million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to five of the state and nation’s top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report.

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