PaliHi’s STEAM Shop Wins $20,000

By Laurel Busby
Staff Writer

The White House has awarded Palisades Charter High School’s STEAM shop $20,000 plus in-kind donations worth about $37,500.

The school won the Career Technology Education Makeover Challenge—one of 10 high schools out of the 640 who entered the competition to take home a prize. Winners were announced June 17, and the school was the only winner on the West Coast.

“This past year has been transformative for the program, but the recognition and the prize will be transformative too,” said the shop’s director, Donna Mandosa, who worked with fellow administrator David Riccardi to create the space in the school’s long-closed auto shop.

The in-kind donations include a variety of goods to enhance the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) shop, which opened last year and hosts six clubs, including auto shop, plus 5-week segments of each of the ninth grade environmental science classes.

In the fall, the shop will probably add four classes to its offerings, and students across PaliHi are welcome to create their own projects during non-class times.

The White House prizes include three Raspberry Pi kits from Microsoft, Snap-on Tools and 3D printers to enhance the space. Mentors will also be provided to help the students learn to use the provided technology.

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