Donation facilitates purchase of truck for STEAM Express mobile classroom

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KLEIN, TX – The STEAM Express mobile classroom is now mobile thanks to a $25,000 donation from the American Association of Drilling Engineers. The donation made it possible for the Klein ISD Education Foundation to purchase a new 2015 Freightliner Industrial truck to pull the STEAM Express for years to come.

The STEAM Express is a 48-foot-long custom-built enclosed trailer built by Featherlite Trailers and has 40 feet of classroom space. The STEAM Express is already visiting schools and is bringing quality STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education to the students of the Klein ISD.

“The American Association of Drilling Engineers recognizes the need and the challenge to engage and energize our young people about the importance of the sciences and engineering,” said American Association of Drilling Engineers, Houston Chapter President Jeff Bruton. “We are excited about Klein ISD’s innovative effort and pleased to support this program with our commitment of funds and the hope of future collaborations in ways that will encourage and excite students to pursue careers in the sciences.”

The STEAM Express includes a wheelchair lift, to ensure access for all Klein ISD students, a dropdown stage with a 19-foot awning, and a 20-kilowatt diesel generator to power the air conditioning system and computer displays.

“The American Association of Drilling Engineers is very excited about the opportunity to support the Klein ISD Education Foundation,” said American Association of Drilling Engineers member Rusty Ritz. “We have sought opportunities to financially assist great organizations like the Foundation. Their efforts to promote excellence and innovation in education by supporting educators and school programs with the funds they raise have raised levels of achievement and awareness.”

The Foundation raised $317,000 to pay for the custom-built trailer and materials and another $30,000 toward the $73,500 needed for the 2015 Freightliner Industrial truck that will pull the trailer. The STEAM Express was donated by the Klein ISD Education Foundation to the district for the students of the Klein ISD at the November school board meeting.

“We recognize the great need for quality education in our area in all aspects of learning,” Ritz added. “KEF’s promotion of science and technological curriculum are of special interest knowing that the future well-being of our industry depends on the quality of students that our schools produce, and we hope to help make some positive impact with our support. We are proud of the KEF’s efforts and glad to support them.”

Since 2001, the Klein ISD Education Foundation has awarded more than $1.24 million in educator grants to the teachers of the Klein ISD. The Foundation can be contacted through their website at http://kleinisd.net/KEF.

For more information on the STEAM Express mobile classroom contact Cindy Doyle, Education Foundation Director, at (832) 249-4753 or email cdoyle3@kleinisd.net.