Anonymous Donor Gives $20,000 for Scientist Visits at Tilton School

Tilton Elementary School students enjoy a visit from Science from Scientists.

An anonymous donor gave $20,000 to Tilton Elementary School to pay for a popular STEM opportunity for the school’s fourth-graders.

For the past two years, Tilton used a grant to fund visits from Science from Scientists, a Massachusetts organization that works with schools to improve and support lessons in the STEM fields, said Principal Bonnie Antkowiak.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The organization sent two professional scientists to present lessons to all fourth-grade classes twice a month for the entire school year in 2015 and 2016.

“The teachers and students loved the hands-on STEM lessons,” Antkowiak said. But, without the donation, Tilton would not have been able to provide the program this year.

According to its website, Science from Scientists partners with elementary and middle schools to present lessons that are aligned with the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System -- better known as MCAS -- frameworks.