BIMA, Genesis programs receive grant to support development of teacher training and curricula

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The Covenant Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Brandeis Office of High School Programs to help fund the development of teacher training and curricula integrating science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) with Jewish studies.
The grant will support BIMA, the university's summer arts institute that guides high school students as they develop their imaginative and artistic faculties and to explore the relevance of Jewish tradition in their lives, and the Genesis program, an immersive, experiential program for high school students who have an interest in exploring Jewish thought, culture and identity through the lens of an academic discipline and as part of a vibrant, global community.
The Covenant Foundation awarded 21 grants overall, totaling $1.6 million.
“We are going where bold ideas and dogged implementation reside,” said Eli N. Evans, chairman of the board of directors of The Covenant Foundation, which supports creative and new educational programs in order to foster the identity, continuity and heritage of the Jewish people. “These new grantees hold great promise for success, and are positioned to be change makers and models of creativity.”
Rabbi Charlie Schwartz, director of BIMA and Genesis and the senior Jewish educator in the Office of High School Programs, will oversee the grant.

“3D printers, digital technology and makerspaces are having a transformative effect on the world of education," said Schwartz. "We’re grateful for the support of the Covenant Foundation to help us deeply connect this educational revolution with Jewish tradition.”  

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