GOSHEN, Ind. -- Science teachers are always looking for that one experiment that will make their students go "wow."
At Clinton Christian School in Goshen, they're excited about the future of their science program thanks to a grant from Martin's Supermarkets.
The school plans to use the money to improve safety in the classroom.
“Science is a way for people to learn about new things. I guess it is a required class but that doesn't mean it can't be fun.”
For Jalen Yoder and his classmates, the experiments are going to get bigger and better.
“I want to take chemistry next year,” said Yoder. “There's probably going to be a lot of smoke I hope.”
But that requires specialized equipment and safety measures, in a space that's changing.
This is an exciting time for Clinton Christian. They're adding on, expanding. But in order to do so they needed to board up these windows and that took out important ventilation.
The Martin's “One School at a Time” grant will help the school clear the air, and build the science program.
Director of advancement and admissions Michele Vigil says the improvements are in high demand.
“Getting this grant is going to allow us to replace all the ventilation and put a nice chemical hood in so our kids can do all they want to do in some of those advanced science classes,” she said. “We find that 20 percent of our kids want to be involved in the science or medical field. So for us it's a huge area of emphasis over the next few years.”
Teacher Kathleen Davis is excited about conducting more complex lab experiments.
“Tthe kinds of labs that we're going to be able to do are going to be much more hands on,” she said. “And get the kids interactive with the stuff and that's the way you learn science and that's what makes it fun and exciting and makes the kids want to keep doing it.”
You can nominate your school for a one school at a time grant...
The winning school gets one-thousand dollars from Martin's Supermarket, and a new winner is picked each month.
Schools only need to apply once, and you can do so by going to MichianaSchools.com.