Grover Cleveland Middle School Awarded $5000 from BASF Corporation to Enhance STEM-Related Learning for Students

Representatives from Grover Cleveland Middle School (GCMS) received a BASF science education grant during a reception at the company's Florham Park headquarters on Wednesday, November 12. Pictured from left to right are Derek Fairclough, Senior Vice President, Ecology/Safety, BASF Corporation; Frank Antonucci, GCMS STEM teacher; Jim Brown, GCMS Principal, and John Mahoney, Vice President, Accounting & Reporting, BASF Corporation. Credits: Contributed Photo

Caldwell, N.J. - November 25, 2014 - On Wednesday, November 12,Grover Cleveland Middle School (GCMS), Caldwell, received a grant from BASF Corporation  during a reception at the company's Florham Park headquarters to purchase a 3D printer to support its STEM program and offer state of the art visualization to students for product design and fabrication. The technology will allow students to design and create 3D physical models from computer designs and significantly expand their ability to fabricate rapidly and test computer generated complex forms.

BASF Corporation donated $100,000 to 20 schools throughout N.J. to support science education programs. The BASF Science Education Grants, each totaling $5,000, will enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related learning for students in grades K – 12.

Each year, BASF invites New Jersey schools to submit proposals summarizing their specific science education needs and how a grant would help them meet those needs. The proposals are reviewed by an internal science advisory committee comprised of BASF scientists and business leaders.

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“Our goal is to engage students in creative new ways that will stimulate their interest in STEM related fields and encourage them to view science as a long-term field of study and possible career path,” said Robin Rotenberg, Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for North America at BASF Corporation. “Through the programs supported by these grants, we hope to develop the innovators and technical visionaries who will shape our future.”

Recipients of the grants included Barnegat High School, Barnegat School District, Ocean County, for a Flipped Classroom; Black River Middle School, Chester School District, Morris County, for a Meteorology Club; Clinton Public School, Clinton-Glen Gardner School District, Hunterdon County, for WaterBotics; Dover Middle School, Dover School District, Morris County, for Engineering and Innovation in the Science Classroom; Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School, Jersey City School District, Hudson County, for Supplies for New Lab Facilities; F.W. Holbein Middle School, Mount Holly School District, Burlington County, for Green Architecture; Grover Cleveland Middle School, Caldwell-West Caldwell School District, Essex County, for STEM 3D Printer; Harrison High School, Harrison School District, Hudson County, for Hydroponic Lab Enclosed by Greenhouse; Mansfield Township Elementary School, Mansfield Township School District, Warren County, for Solar Energy: The Bright Choice; Millington School, Long Hill Township, Morris County, for GoPro Physics; Morristown High School, Morris Township, Morris County, for Laboratory Equipment and Class Material; Mountain Lakes High School, Mountain Lakes School District, Morris County, for Aquaponics: A Sustainable Food Source; North Warren Regional High School, North Warren Regional School District, Warren County, for COWS (Computer on Wheels) Blasting into Science Classrooms!; Union High School, Union Township, Union County, for Using Recycled Plastic for 3D Printing; Veterans Memorial Middle School, Brick Township Public School District, Ocean County, for Innovation Inside: STEM Students “MaKey MaKey” for the 21st Century; Watchung Hills Regional High School, Watchung Hills Regional School District, Somerset County, for Experimental Research Program Expansion; Watchung Hills Regional High School, Watchung Hills Regional School District, Somerset County, for Robotics Equipment; West Morris Central High School, West Morris Regional High School District, Morris County, for Christmas Tree Phenomenon; Woodbridge High School, Woodbridge School District, Middlesex County, for Using Technology for Chemistry as the Central Science Project; and Woodbury High School, Woodbury City Public School District, Gloucester County, for Studying the Physics of Athletic Gear for Safety.

Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at For more information on Grover Cleveland Middle School, Caldwell, visit

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