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January 9, 2018

Clarke Jacksonville Awarded Grant to Improve STEM Learning

January 9, 2018—We are so pleased to share that Clarke Jacksonville has recently been selected to receive a grant from the Embraer Foundation!

The Embraer Foundation, a US-based nonprofit operating out of Fort Lauderdale, FL, supports social and environmental development through community engagement and educational projects. Their mission is to “promote a transformational force where Embraer operates addressing social and environmental matters through a collaborative and innovative approach.”

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With the funds awarded by Embraer, Clarke Jacksonville will invest in a magnetic “wall ball” system designed to enhance students’ early science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. The system will be installed on a wall at our school in Jacksonville, FL, and will be made up of pipes, elbows, tees and other gadgets, to create an engaging engineering activity. All the parts contain magnets, so the children can move them around to create new configurations for sending the balls through the system. This activity is ideal for preschool, where children’s mastery levels grow exponentially with daily use. It will also reinforce lessons of logic, gravity, and other foundational concepts that are key to future STEM skills.

We are grateful to the Embraer Foundation for their support in making this exciting enhancement to our school!

To learn more about the Embraer Foundation, visit their website at