Special Photo — Ninth grade Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology students work in the Integrated Physics and Engineering course.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A grant from the Nordson Foundation will establish multiple video game analysis labs, so that students can take integrated physics and engineering courses as freshmen.
The $25,000 grant means that students will be able to integrate physics with algebra and engineering concepts, measure outcomes, predict outcomes and confirm outcomes through the use of new equipment.
According to a news release from Gwinnett County Public Schools, studies have show that integration improves learning of algebra and engineering concepts "due to a concurrent application of algebra to physics in a project-based learning environment."
"Preparing the next generation of scientists and engineers is vital to tomorrow's economy," said Cindy Baumgardner, community relations for the Nordson Corp. "It is a pleasure to support the outstanding work underway at GSMST."
The Nordson Corp., which operates in 30 counties around the world, "is an industry leader in precision consumer and industrial products that support manufacturing operations."
By taking physics in ninth grade, students have the option to take more advanced courses in subsequent years, placing them at an advantage for college placement.
GSMST, a Gwinnett County Board of Education approved charter school, is home to more than 800 students from across the district. It is located in a 200,000 square-foot research facility in Lawrenceville.