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Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Oak Cliff has received a grant to build a new science lab. Six new labs are in the school's Strategic Plan.

Bishop Dunne Receives Science Lab Grant

Bishop Dunne Catholic School has received a $150,000 grant from the Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Foundation to fund the renovation of one of six new science labs.

Leadership in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives, which include innovative and robust technological programs for learning and research, are centerpieces of Bishop Dunne’s 2014-2018 strategic plans, Opening Doors. Six science labs will be completely renovated including the installation of new equipment for a kinesthetic approach to learning.

The Haggerty Foundation has demonstrated a commitment to improving STEM education at Bishop Dunne Catholic School through their generous support over the years, including their 2012 funding of a Macintosh computer laboratory and AUTOCAD course. The school is known for its expansive GIS (Geographic Information System) program, a computer system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data. The Dallas Police Department used students’ GIS mapping of crime hot spots in the Dallas metroplex, and in response to the findings, increased patrols in a neighborhood where crime had spiked.

A science and technology conference, GeoTech, is held at the school each year. James Balog, whose documentary "Chasing Ice," won a 2014 Emmy, is the keynote speaker at GeoTech this year. The conference is February 26 through 28, 2015. See the school's website for more information: www.bdcs.org.

For more information on Bishop Dunne Catholic School or to donate, contact Lydia Torrez at ltorrez@bdcs.org or call 214-339-6561 ext. 4059.