BARRINGTON – The Barrington 220 Education Foundation has approved two major projects to fund for the school district in the upcoming 2014–15 school year – Project Lead the Way at Barrington Middle Schools and the Business Incubator at Barrington High School.
Each project proposal was submitted to the Foundation by Barrington 220 administrators who have sought ideas from school staff. A committee of Foundation board members and various community members were charged with making a recommendation for the approval of trustees, according to an official press release from the Foundation.
As approved, a Project Lead the Way Gateway to Technology project will be funded with $40,000 to extend Barrington High School's pre-engineering program to the students of Station and Prairie Middle Schools. This project will fully replace the current technology lab exploratory segment at those middle schools and extend pre-engineering education to sixth through eighth graders, according to the release.
Prairie Middle School exploratory team lead Steve Taylor said the new project will be a "rigorous, 21st-century standards-based, nationwide curriculum that focuses on developing technology literate students through the study of engineering, architecture, robotics and bio-medical sciences."
The second approved project – a second year of Business Incubator funding at $12,500 – will continue to allow Barrington High School students to test their entrepreneurial skills. New as of the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, students have had the opportunity to create and fully develop their own product or service. Business experts have served as coaches while community mentors guide students through the business start up process of ideation, market research and plan development.
Having committed to fund the Business Incubator project for four years, the Foundation is beginning to raise funds through special events and private donations.
Visit www.220foundation.org for information.