Francesco Maria Grimaldi (2 April 1618 – 28 December 1663) was a Jesuit priest, born in Bologna, who eventually taught at the University of Bologna. Working with Giovanni Battista Riccioli, he confirmed that the distance an object fell was proportional to the square of the time it fell. Grimaldi and Riccioli also made a calculation of the gravitational constant by recording the oscillations of an accurate pendulum.
In astronomy, he built and used instruments to measure lunar mountains as well as the height of clouds, and drew an accurate map or, selenograph, which was published by Riccioli and now adorns the entrance to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.
He was the first to make accurate observations on the diffraction of light, and in fact, coined the word "diffraction."
FAITH and REASON
Francesco Maria Grimaldi
Invest in Our Next Generation of Leaders
By investing in STEM education, we can position our young people to capitalize on further education and emerging employment opportunities. STEM programs inspire children, boost creativity, close the ethnic and gender learning gap and work to create the next generation of scientists, engineers, and computer programmers. Investing in STEM education creates innovative thinkers with a foundation in moral and spiritual values.
We are seeking philanthropic partners to invest in the future of our 22,000 young people by equipping them with the STEM training they need to be our next generation of leaders. Our goal is to raise $1,200,000 to grow STEM immersion programs that will enable all 79 schools to establish and/or expand their STEM capabilities.
By granting our schools $15,000 each, we will provide:
Teacher training to equip and empower our classroom leaders with the knowledge and skills to be the very best
Lending library of cutting-edge equipment available to all schools (in partnership with the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering)
Continuous support, resources and tracking of progress to ensure ongoing achievements in STEM learning.
$150,000 sponsors comprehensive STEM programs in ten schools
$75,000 sponsors comprehensive STEM programs in five schools
$15,000 to sponsor a comprehensive STEM program in one school
To sponsor STEM, contact Mike Halloran.
Attend and Sponsor the CSCOE BASH
Saturday, May 5, 2018
The 2018 CSCOE Bash—Called to Greatness—promises to be a fun and inspirational evening that supports greatness in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) for 22,000 students in the 79 Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Join Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Bishop Andrew Cozzens, CSCOE President Gail Dorn, and emcee Matt Birk as we celebrate our accomplishments, honor the dedication of the people on whose shoulders we stand, and build a bright future for the next generation.
2018 CSCOE BASH will provide funding to all 79 Catholic elementary schools for:
Teacher training to equip and empower our classroom leaders with the knowledge and skills to be the very best; including attendance at the 2018 ISTE Conference in Chicago.
The CSCOE STEM Lending Library will provide cutting-edge equipment available to all schools—in partnership with the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering. Things like 3-D Printers, Blow-Up Planetariums, and Robots can be shared throughout the school system.
Be a Sponsor
Sponsor Greatness in STEM. Several Leadership Levels are available.
Secure your place at the table. Host a Table, Come as a Couple, Stand Out as an Individual.
For more information about sponsorship or donation opportunities, contact Mike Halloran, Vice President of Development and Operations (firstname.lastname@example.org).