Bates Middle School teachers participate in professional development of STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and Project Based Learning. Bates is the proud recipient of the McCarthey Dressman Foundation Teacher Development Grant for their project “Full STEAM Ahead”, written by their Instructional Coach, Ms. Cindy J. Seckel. This grant will assist Bates in their initiative to transform to a STEAM Project Based Learning school. The project will be funded at $10,000 per year for the next three years. The grant focuses on staff development/teacher learning of the STEAM and Project Based Learning programs.