St. Mary Academy - Bay View Receives $50,000 Champlin Grant for Science
St. Mary Academy - Bay View, on Pawtucket Avenue in East Providence, announced plans for an advanced science laboratory. The school recently received a near $50,000 Champlin Foundation grant. "Made possible by the generous support of the Champlin Foundation, St. Mary Academy - Bay View is enhancing its science curriculum with state of the art equipment and introducing calculus-based physics to the program of study. AP Physics-C (Mechanics) and AP Physics-C (Electricity and Magnetism) will be added to an AP program that already includes algebra-based physics. Each of the new courses is equivalent to a one-semester, calculus-based physics course typically taken by students pursuing a degree in engineering or physics at the undergraduate level," said Erin Hanna, Director of Institutional Advancement for Bay View.
"This $49,790 investment in state-of-the-art laboratory equipment will enrich the laboratory component of the AP physics program at Bay View while concurrently enhancing all levels of physics and chemistry instruction. This technology will include valuable equipment to assist student investigations in mechanics, wave theory, sound, light and optics, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics," continued Hanna.
"Wireless technology and high-speed video recording will support advanced data collection and analysis. The acquisition of a 3-D printer will provide opportunities for integrating science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics into a creative, hands-on experience that promotes student thinking, problem-solving, and expression," Hanna added.
Bay View graduate and Associate Professor of Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute Kathy Notarianni Ph.D., stated in a school press release that “The addition of these AP physics classes will give Bay View young women the confidence and experience to apply to and excel in competitive college science and engineering programs. All too often, even with the same high school science background, boys tend to apply but girls do not because they feel they are not prepared enough. Bay View is already a leader in educating young women in higher levels of math and science, and the addition of these classes will greatly strengthen their foundation and ability to compete."
Bay View is an independent Catholic School for girls open to all faiths, Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12, located in East Providence, Rhode Island and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. The school has been in existence since 1874. Bay View is a college preparatory school accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.