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STEM MWHDenver, CO – March 14, 2016 – MWH Global, an engineering, consulting and construction firm focused on water and natural resources, today announced funding for STEM equipment at newly-opened KIPP Montbello Collegiate High School (KMCHS).

Funding for equipment and technology enables KIPP Colorado students to take an innovative STEM elective course on Computer-Aided Design (CAD) in KMCHS’ inaugural year. MWH funded two 3D printers, 3D printing accessories (including a heated bed upgrade kit and printer filaments), software, and ten iPads. MWH funding for the STEM equipment was generated through its participation in CBS EcoMedia’s EducationAd program.

STEM MWH“We are thrilled to be able to support KMCHS and their commitment to STEM education,” said Meg VanderLaan, chief communications officer of MWH Global. “Providing students with the right educational tools is a critical component of helping them achieve their full potential.”

Over the past few months, students have learned about coding and CAD software. This semester, they will design a project utilizing coding software, and will see the project through completion.
“Most of our students have heard of ‘STEM’ fields, but are largely unaware of career options available to them.  The generosity of MWH is exposing our students to STEM opportunities, sparking their curiosities, and then equipping them with knowledge and skills required to succeed in STEM majors in college and beyond,” said Grant Erwin, KMCHS’ Founding Principal

MWH is building on a second year of support for KIPP Colorado Schools around STEM education. Building a Better World is a guiding purpose at MWH, and a part of its commitment is to inspire the imaginations of students everywhere to see that a career in engineering is an opportunity to care for the environment. Previously, MWH funded new technology and science equipment for KIPP Denver Collegiate High School. Late last year, MWH engineers attended and spoke to KIPP Colorado’s high school students during a career night focused on STEM fields.

Amanda Adams STEM MWH“STEM Club has been really fun to be in this year. I have learned to design objects in 3D CAD software, which I never thought I would learn how to do,” said Blen, a student at KMCHS. “And seeing objects print in our 3D printers has been awesome. I’m already interested in going into a STEM career someday.”

About KIPP Colorado

KIPP Colorado Schools are part of the network of 183 KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program, locally we operate a network of five open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools in Denver. Our schools serve nearly 1,500 students and more than 300 KIPP Colorado alumni. Currently, 95 percent of our students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, and 98 percent identify as a person of color. Our mission is to equip students with the academic skills and character strengths necessary to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond.

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