Tuskegee secures funding for Macon Co. Schools STEM education

TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA) - Tuskegee University has secured funding to bring in new technology to Macon County middle schools.

With a $482,107 gr ant from the National Science Foundation, the "Fly High Your Math and Science Skills" project will use a flight simulator as an active teaching and learning tool for students to strengthen their mathematics and science concepts.

High school students at Booker T. Washington and Notasulga High school have had access to this technology for the past three years. It was funded by a
previous gr ant.

"When you can use real world and related to what they are learning it has a big impact on their retention and their interest," said Ellen Tolbert, teacher
at Booker T. Washington High School.

Junior Nathan Tolbert going through this program has motivated him to go into the science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM field.

"I want to be a civil engineer. They know something about aerodynamics so this will definitely contribute to my future," said Nathan Tolbert.

Dr. Chadia Affane Aji, professor of mathematics, is the Principal Investigator and Dr. Javed Khan, head of the Aerospace Science Engineering Department,
is the Co-Principal Investigator. The project will start September 1 and the gr ant period ends August 31, 2019. They believe this will benefit students.

"Activities like these provide an opportunity, especially in areas where resources are scarce, for students to experience state of the art equipment. We think this will have an impact on their content knowledge, motivation, and attitude towards math and science," said  Dr. Javed Kahn, Tuskegee University.

The goal is to implement the program in the middle schools by next summer.

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