Sen. Kelly Announces Grant for Shelton Intermediate School PTO to Support STEM Education

December 21, 2021



VIDEO: Senator Kelly joins Shelton robotics teachers and students to celebrate efforts to expand STEM offerings. 


SHELTON – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) announced the award of an educational grant of $2,000 for Shelton Intermediate School to support the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs offered to the Shelton community’s students. Senator Kevin Kelly supported Shelton Intermediate School’s nomination for the grant awarded by The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).


The grant was awarded in partnership with the Shelton Intermediate School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The Shelton Intermediate School PTO is committed to supporting the school, students, parents, and teachers in ways that encourage a safe and successful ​learning environment for all. This educational grant will support STEM educational instruction and the robotics program offered by Shelton Intermediate School for students in grades seven and eight.


Senator Kevin Kelly said, “Now, more than ever, we know how important it is to prepare students for real-world careers. By exposing our students to STEM through lessons and programs at school, we are investing in the workforce of tomorrow. Workers in STEM fields save lives everyday, they connect people, and they innovate for our future. Shelton Intermediate School does an incredible job preparing local students for their futures. I applaud the teachers, students, and parents who have made Shelton’s robotics program such a success.”


“We are always so appreciative of all of our donors and the partnerships they form with us,” SIS Principal John Skerritt said. “Education is truly a collective effort.”


Rob Swercewski and Doug Williams, technology education teachers at SIS, thanked Sen. Kelly for his support and recognition in supporting the awarding of the grant to Shelton Intermediate School.


“This funding will be used to support STEM and robotic programs at Shelton Intermediate School,” Swercewski said. “We are grateful to PhRMA and Senator Kelly for their support and recognition.”


Shelton Intermediate School’s Project Lead the Way robotics program teaches students various engineering topics. Students learn about physics, mechanisms, gear ratios/calculations, the engineering design process, mechanical engineering, and software engineering/programming. The course is primarily a problem-based course, where students are presented with real-world problems, and are challenged to solve them using robotics.


Watch a video of the grant announcement and presentation by Shelton Intermediate School robotics students: