Northland Preparatory Academy’s ‘Maker Mondays’ among grants awarded to 9 Arizona Afterschool Programs for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

| June 8, 2016

By the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence

PHOENIX — Northland Preparatory Academy‘s “Maker Mondays” has been selected as one of the grants awarded to Arizona Afterschool Programs for  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Nine Arizona afterschool programs will have the opportunity to engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects, thanks to funding from Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence in partnership with Cox Communications.

STEM Grant funding will allow Northland Preparatory Academy to start a new Maker Mondays program. Youth will learn about the maker movement and then write proposals for creating, making and innovating. Proposals will give purpose and direction for each project and will guide the students to research, think out their ideas and envision materials and tools needed to accomplish their goals before building. Adults will provide guidance in the maker space and will provide students the opportunities to discover, celebrate the rigors of inquisition, and learn joyfully as they become innovators prepared to solve future global challenges.

Now in their sixth grant cycle, the annual STEM Grants are designed to encourage and promote the inclusion of informal STEM learning opportunities in Arizona out-of-school programs. Exposing youth to STEM-related activities outside of the school day allows them to learn experientially by engaging in hands-on activities that require the practical but fun application of concepts learned in the classroom. Informal STEM learning afterschool provides exposure to a broad array of STEM careers, helping prepare youth to become globally competitive.

Grants ranged from $500 to $1,500 and the nine selected grant recipients come from programs spanning the state. From 3-D printing to controlling robots with coding, these programs will provide youth with valuable skills to prepare them for success in college, career and life.

The 2016 STEM Grant recipients are:

  •  Abia Judd Elementary School, LEGO Robotics | Prescott
  • Catalina Foothills School District, Coding & Robotics | Tucson
  • Fireside Elementary, STEM Innovation Station | Phoenix
  • Kyrene Community Education, Star Wars & Maker Mania | Tempe
  • Northland Preparatory Academy, Maker Mondays | Flagstaff
  • Paradise Valley Unified School District, Young Coders Club | Phoenix
  • Peoria High School, MESA: Engineering Your Future | Peoria
  • Scottsdale Public Library, Code Club | Scottsdale
  • Western Valley Elementary, Rocket Launch | Phoenix 

For more information about each of the funded STEM programs, visit


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