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Posted on Mon, Oct 24, 2011 : 7:58 p.m.

IMRA America donates $50,000 to Ann Arbor Public Schools for physics equipment

By Staff

Students in Ann Arbor Public Schools will get new equipment for their physics classes, courtesy of a $50,000 donation from IMRA America, according to a news release.

The donation will be used for the purchase of Air Tracks physics equipment for the six high schools in the district that offer the class. The equipment will allow the about 900 students enrolled in the physics program each year to conduct experiments to illustrate physics concepts, the release said.

IMRA is a developer of ultrafast fiber laser technologies for commercial applications.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation announced the donation last week during its fourth annual Harvest Dinner at Zingerman's Roadhouse. As the cost for the upgrades is estimated at $59,000, attendees at the dinner pledged to cover the remaining $9,000 as part of a match donation by the local branch of law firm Dykema, the release said.

About 9,000 physics students will have the opportunity to use the Air Tracks equipment over its estimated 10-year functional life.



Tue, Oct 25, 2011 : 8:16 a.m.

With the ever changing world we live in, these kinds of investments in students is what Michigan can use. If we can't have a thriving economy then al least have a thriving learning environment. Let's get these kids ready for who knows what kind of scientific, economic, and technological future there will be. People who are looking for a school with a strong science program may want to locate here and bring some jobs with them. And thats about all I have to say about that.