Old Rochester teachers receive grants for STEM, art projects

Jun 20, 2023

MATTAPOISETT — Three Old Rochester Regional School District educators have received grants from the Tri-Town Education Foundation. 

Brian Almeida, a teacher at Old Rochester Junior High School, was awarded a collaborative intra-school grant titled “Physical Computing Displays at Old Rochester Regional Junior High School STEAM Night.” Through thus grant, students will learn about different programs, file formats and techniques related to hardware and software technology.

They will also have the opportunity to operate a laser cutter/engraver, a CNC manufacturing machine, and will learn to program a micro computer. Projects will be displayed at a STEAM event.

Richard Laprise, who also teaches at Old Rochester Junior High School, was awarded a collaborative inter-school, cross curriculum grant called “New Music to Our Ears: An Original Composition Project.”

This project will enable student musicians to make deep connections with a piece of music written exclusively for them by an internationally renowned composer, Haley Woodrow, while becoming more familiar with the compositional process.

Finally, Allison Barker, a teacher at Old Rochester Regional High School, was awarded a grant titled “Old Rochester Regional High School Library Commons Makerspace.”

As requested from students, the makerspace will have a faster 3-D printer and a button maker machine that can be used for clubs, athletics and advertising school related activities. Buttons will also be created for personal creativity including student artists who want to print and wear their art.