Ocean City School District celebrates winning a grant from BASF. From left: Superintendent Kathleen Taylor, Ed.D., Ocean City High School science team leader Matthew Oster, and Ocean City High School Principal Matthew Jamison, Ed.D.

BASF Provides $100,000 to 20 NJ Schools to Support Science Education

Ocean City High School (OCHS) recently received $5,000 from the BASF Corporation to implement a comprehensive marine academy; OCHS was one of just 20 New Jersey public schools chosen from 118 proposals to earn a $5,000 grant.

OCHS was recognized, along with the other 2016 Science Education Grants recipients, at a reception at BASF’s North American headquarters in Florham Park, New Jersey. The awarded grants will enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related initiatives for students in Kindergarten through twelfth-grade in 12 of the 21 counties in the state.

Ocean City High School Principal Matthew Jamison, Ed.D., center, accepts a check from BASF representatives Bob Smith, Vice President Taxes and Insurance, and Maureen Paukert, Director of Corporate Communications for BASF in North America.

“The BASF 2016 Science Education Grants program is very competitive, and Ocean City High School is honored to have been chosen,” said Ocean City School District Superintendent Kathleen Taylor, Ed.D. “Our district appreciates and respects our long-standing partnership with the City of Ocean City, collaborating in many endeavors, including this one to provide a marine academy for high school-aged students in the future.”

Each year BASF invites all New Jersey public schools to submit a proposal summarizing their specific science education needs and how a grant would help students explore STEM.

Past recipients have used their grants to advance learning about the environment, robotics, and technology.

“Our goal is to develop and engage students in science so they can discover and innovate solutions to shape our future,” said Robin Rotenberg, Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for North America at BASF Corporation. “Through these grants, we are giving our educators the tools they need to enhance their teaching in the classroom. BASF hopes to encourage students to view science as a long-term field of study and possible career path.”