Release Date: 3/8/2018
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Cockeysville Middle PTA named one of 35 national winners of a PTA Microsoft Family STEM Night grant

TOWSON, MD. – The National PTA announced this afternoon on Facebook Live that the Cockeysville Middle School PTA has received one of 35 National PTA STEM + Families Tech Night grants for 2018.

Cockeysville Middle’s PTA was selected from among 280 applicants from 20 states and Stuttgart, Germany. The PTA will host its Microsoft Family STEM Night in collaboration with Baltimore County Public Schools Parent University.

“We’re thrilled to be one of the 35 schools chosen for this program," said Michael Quinn, PTA president at Cockeysville Middle. “A heartfelt thank you to our PTA leadership and our principal, Deb Magness, for supporting this effort, and we hope every one of our CMS families will be able to join us for this fun, family-centered event!"

According to Quinn, the STEM Night will take place before the end of this school year and will involve volunteers such as members of local high school science groups or robotic teams.

“When Mr. Quinn, our PTA president, asked if we would be interested in hosting a STEM Night and if he could apply on our behalf for a National PTA grant for a family STEM night, a resounding yes was the answer," said Principal Deborah Magness. “We are honored and excited to win this grant and to partner with our PTA to plan an exciting Family STEM Night! Our parents are our biggest advocates, and when we partner together, amazing things happen!"

With support from the grant, the event will challenge parents to build robotic fingers with their children. This activity is part of a larger Microsoft Hacking STEM Lesson.

Sean Arthurs, senior manager of education initiatives at the National Parent Teacher Association, wrote that Cockeysville Middle’s PTA was selected “based on how much the Tech night will help your community, how you plan to involve BOTH parents and students in the night, and how warmly you will welcome ALL families to attend."

In addition to a $1,000 grant to cover expenses such as food, prizes, transportation, translators, and supplies, Microsoft also will send grantees all the consumable materials involved in the project (such as copper tape, velostat, cardboard, and wires). In addition, each winning PTA will receive six games from ThinkFun to use as prizes.

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