Greater Oklahoma City Chamber - ITC Invests in STEAM Technology for Downtown School

ITC Invests in STEAM Technology for Downtown School

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

by Jacqueline Sit

OKLAHOMA CITY (November 4, 2014) – John Rex Charter Elementary School (JRCES) announced today that it has received a $15,000 contribution from ITC Holdings Corp. (ITC) to go towards the school’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) studio.

The $15,000 gift will be used for technology and Apple products to expand the students’ learning capabilities. The donation will provide each classroom with an Apple TV box, a flat screen TV, an iPad document camera stand and a mobile media cart. The TVs will connect to students’ iPads, providing highly interactive technology at their desks and exposure to advanced and creative learning opportunities that will greatly enhance their education. In addition to the new technology, a portion of the funds will go towards the purchase of classroom kits for the school’s Project Lead the Way curriculum.

JRCES is Oklahoma City’s first charter school located in the heart of downtown since opening in August. It utilizes the best elements of unique public-private educational partnerships to provide an exemplary learning environment for students. ITC joins a strong list of partner organizations bringing a wealth of innovative opportunities in technology and the sciences to JRCES students. 

“Our students will benefit tremendously from ITC’s generous gift of technology that puts learning directly in their hands anytime and anywhere,” said Dr. Joe Pierce, head of school. “The new Apple products will strengthen the interactive learning experience in the classroom.”

ITC Holdings Corp. is the nation’s largest independent electric transmission company and has operated in Oklahoma through its subsidiary, ITC Great Plains, since 2008. ITC’s presence in Oklahoma City has allowed the company to participate in the city’s growing energy economy. The gift to JRCES is an expression of its dedication to the community and its future.

“Technology is needed in our schools to ensure a well-rounded education,” said Kristine Schmidt, president of ITC Great Plains. “We are proud of our company’s legacy of innovation, and this gift gives us the opportunity to support the education of our future leaders.”

For more information on John Rex Charter Elementary School, visit www.johnrexschool.org.