By Irma Widjojo
The Benicia education community is developing a collaborative project that is hoped to pair businesses and school projects to benefit the future generation
.b-Cubed, a pilot program, was recently introduced as a model to allow special projects developed by Benicia teachers to receive funding from Benicia’s business community.
“Often teachers raise the money on their own,” the Benicia Unified School District Grant Writer Adriene Rockwell said. “This is a way to let them focus on what they do best, teach.”
Still in its early stages, b-Cubed features innovative projects that have been selected by the school and district administrations, which would hopefully be adopted by a local business for funding.
Two of the five pilot projects have been funded by Benicia-based RIX Industries. There is a robotics project at Benicia High School, which created 14 robots, and a World History Class Cold War Simulation, which is a community-wide project that allow the students to experience the paranoia and tension of the Cold War.