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Youngstown Rayen Early College awarded $30K grant

The grant will be used to buy supplies for the school’s science classes and maker space.
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YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown Early College High School received a $30,000 grant from Howmet Aerospace Corp. to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education.

The grant will be used to buy supplies for YREC’s science classes and maker space, a news release states. A maker space is an area designated for students to learn, create, solve problems and collaborate.

In 2020, YREC also received a $30,000 grant from the Howmet Aerospace Foundation as well as $10,000 from the Walter and Caroline Watson Foundation, $5,000 from the Sen. Maurice and Florence Lipscher Charitable Fund and $5,000 from the Turning Foundation, all for the maker space project.

Vista AST2 and Applied Systems Technology also donated $3,000 for 3D printers for the space.

YREC’s Maker Space Leadership Team used the grants to furnish the space and to buy equipment and supplies for students to use in the space, including a vinyl/cutter printer, CNC Mill, 3D printers, circuits, a sewing machine and a laser cutter.

YREC staff and students will be training on the equipment over the next two months. The maker Sspace will be available to students in all classes and for individual student-designed projects in the after-school program.

“We would like to thank Howmet Aerospace Corp. for their continued support of Youngstown Rayen Early College High School and all of the grant funders for their support of the maker space at YRECHS,” Monica Jones, YREC principal, said in the release.

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