Mercury Marine is partnering with the Fond du Lac, Wis., school district to create a charter elementary school that emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math studies.
“We want to introduce children to science and technology at an early age when they are still naturally curious about how things work,” Kevin Anderson, a Mercury Marine engineering fellow and the president of the Fond du Lac STEM Academy’s governance board, said in a statement. “We want to reach out to both boys and girls. Studies show that if girls aren’t involved in science by Grade 5, they almost never enter a science career later in life because those fields are so male-dominated.”
The Fond du Lac STEM Academy, scheduled to open this fall to 100 third- through fifth-graders, will be financed with a $200,000 federal grant and by the Fond du Lac school district.
Students at the school will study a full range of subjects, from geography to English to music, with an emphasis on science and technology. Unlike a traditional classroom setting, students will learn by doing hands-on, project-based assignments.
Mercury will offer technical expertise, technological resources and world-renowned engineering facilities at its headquarters to make class projects more interesting and engaging.
The academy is considered a public school and is tuition-free.