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RCA awarded $10K Bosch grant for Mobile Makerspace
Left to right: RCA Construction Teacher Brett Creel, RCPS CTAE Director Dionne Johnigan, RCA Manufacturing Teacher Jesse Smith, RCA CEO Bennett McCumber, Steve Dyar of BoschRockdale Career Academy was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Bosch Community Fund for an "Innovation Station" mobile makerspace, to be created with the help of RCA's Manufacturing and Construction career pathways.

The mobile makerspace will provide opportunities for students to understand and implement design thinking, project-based learning, problem-solving and 21st century skills that will help to prepare students for life outside of the classroom. This space will introduce students to STEM concepts and provide opportunities for collaboration and creativity.

“Students need to graduate with the skills of creativity and innovation,” said RCA CEO  Ben McCumber. “There are essential elements of educating young people to become innovators. This includes hands-on projects where students have to solve a real-world problem and demonstrate mastery, the opportunity to draw upon academic content from multiple disciplines to solve a problem, and learning to work in teams. This allows students to get engaged in new and exciting ways.”

The Bosch Community Fund strives to ensure that creative and practical science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). learning opportunities are accessible to students through project-based experiences. This grant will provide STEM resources for teachers and increase student access to hands-on STEM activities, demonstrating the Bosch Community Fund’s commitment to supporting education.



Pictured below, left to right: RCA Construction Teacher Brett Creel, RCPS CTAE Director Dionne Johnigan, RCA Manufacturing Teacher Jesse Smith, RCA CEO Bennett McCumber, Steve Dyar of Bosch. ​

Pictured left to right: RCA Construction Teacher Brett Creel, RCPS CTAE Director Dionne Johnigan, RCA Manufacturing Teacher Jesse Smith, RCA CEO Bennett McCumber, Steve Dyar of Bosch.