Vermont Day School wins Science and Technology Grant to expand program

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Vermont Day School STEM teacher Caryn Shield, right, assisting students with their LEGO robot.

Vermont Day School is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering  Hands-On Science and Technology Grant program. The VASE HOST grant program is intended to provide funding to support project-based technical learning and experimentation.

“The mission of the VASE HOST Grant program strongly aligns with what we aim to do at Vermont Day School,” said Sage Bagnato, Head of School.  “We seek to incorporate Project Based Learning into our curriculum every day and we focus heavily on STEM, innovation and student led exploration. We are thrilled to partner with an organization that values this work.”

The grant awarded to Vermont Day School will be used to expand its middle school FIRST LEGO League team. FIRST LEGO League introduces young people to the fun and excitement of science and technology. Students meet on a regular basis after school to program an autonomous robot, create innovative solutions to a problem, and engage in team activities guided by the program’s signature Core Values. The grant will provide much needed LEGO robotic equipment to participate at the State level competition.

In addition, students will be invited to the VASE Spring Meeting 2019 to show the impact of the grant by giving a demonstration of their work.

“This equipment will make a difference in our ability to offer this valuable coding and design experience to our students,” said Bagnato. We are grateful to the VASE Host Grant program for this opportunity,”

Founded in 2015, Vermont Day School is an independent, non-profit school that prepares K-8 students to be passionate learners, creative thinkers, effective collaborators and responsible global citizens in the 21st century. For more information visit

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