In 2017, the LEF received a Good Neighbor grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to support the creation of after-school STEM programs that would proactively close the Excellence Gap by targeting high-achieving, low-performing economically disadvantaged students. These students are engaged in tasks designed to build computational and analytical thinking skills within the context of intensive, long-term STEM investigations. Now in its third year, the PROPEL Academy (formerly EDGE Plus Academy) serves 30 fourth and fifth grade students at 9 LCPS elementary schools and the Level Up program serves between 30 and 90 sixth and seventh grade students at 4 LCPS middle schools.
During the 2018-2019 school year, PROPEL Academy students competed in a Vex Robotics competition at the Academies of Loudoun. To see details of that competition, click here. Our Level Up students participated in a STEM summer camp at the Academies of Loudoun in June, with hands-on learning in subjects like Polymers and Crystals, Genetic Engineering, and Vex Robotics.