Basehor-Linwood USD 458's Mentors and CareCat Mentors is in its second year of receiving a unique grant to promote Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Mentoring Initiatives. Basehor-Linwood is one of six grant recipients chosen for this opportunity across Kansas.
Basehor-Linwood Mentors welcomes adult mentors of all careers, and ages, to mentor one on one, in small groups, and in classrooms, district-wide. This grant encourages the direct focus on STEM mentoring as a type of mentoring that matches youth to STEM career professionals, helping to guide those youth through the education pipeline from early childhood through K-12 and college -- ultimately, into the workforce.
The Bobcat iStudio's "STEM Mentoring Connection" has been hosting district Makerspace Nights which are sponsored by the Kansas STEM Mentoring Initiative Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant under the Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC).This is in partnership with Kansas Mentors and awarded to Basehor-Linwood USD 458 Mentors and CareCat Mentors. This is a matching $10,000 mentoring grant. "STEM mentoring not only exposes youth to the myriad of career opportunities in the STEM field, but can also getbut can also get them excited about STEM education and what they are learning in the classroom”, said Jessica Noble, executive director of the KVC.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM jobs continue to grow at a pace three-times more than non-STEM jobs. It is estimated that by 2018 there will be 1.2 million US job openings in STEM fields. The nextBobcat iStudio "STEM Mentoring Connection" Makerspace night is for grades 6-8 at the high school nextTuesday, April 11, from6-7:30 PM. This month's activities will include a Minecraft EDU challenge. Classroom size is limited in the number of participants, so middle school students will be signed up on a first-come, first-serve basis with a link in their classroom e-newsletters.
A group of volunteers from Mr. Stallbaumer's Leadership Class helps with loading - it takes TWO trips. Stay tuned for a March date TBA for transporting the old concrete library from its original spot at 155th and Leavenworth Road, to the City Park of Basehor.
A big shout out of THANKS to both the Basehor and Linwood communities plus SURROUNDING areas who dropped off shoes as we raised funds for the transport. First State Bank and Trust of Basehor joined Basehor Community Library's Trustees for the original $5,000 of the needed $10,000. Tom Brown of ISC donated over $2,500 plus contractor expertise for the move. We've had multiple family donations, and our shoe fundraiser with funds2org as we tie up loose ends. More service donations come in from Miller Sign, City of Basehor - Parks and Rec, First State Bank and Trust - fencing.
Patton of Paola is doing the actual historic building transport.