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Forsan ISD is honored to have been awarded a $10,000 grant through the Monsanto Fund, thanks to the farmers in their district who nominated Forsan ISD and to the various people involved in brainstorming and planning this "project-based" process.

The grant application is called GERMM and stands for Growing Engaged Researchers in Math Modeling. GERMM will involve almost all secondary school students through their Math, Finance, AutoCAD, or Ag Metals classes.

Students will be able to design an agriculture related project. They will then spend time working on measurement and geometrical calculations. Those plans will be sent on to an AutoCAD class where the design will become digitized. Other students will also work on budgets before a few projects make it all the way to the fabrication stage in the Ag Metals classes.

The grant money will be used to purchase a 3D printer for use in making scale models of the projects, and for purchasing a lift for the metal fabrication process.

The Grow Rural Education program allows eligible farmers to nominate their local public-school district for grants to help enhance STEM education. Once nominated, school districts submit applications to compete for $10,000 or $25,000 grants to help fund projects that enhance their STEM curriculum. These grants are helping to improve test scores, but better yet, they're getting kids to think bigger about their tomorrow.

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