Engineering

State Awards STEM Grants For Elementary Schools

Apr 23, 2018

The state is giving money to nearly a dozen school corporations to help them offer more science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM – education.

Lawmakers approved $1 million in 2017 for the State Department of Education to offer the grants. The department’s Chief of Workforce and STEM Alliances, Amanda McCammon, says the goal is to help schools begin, or build up existing STEM education in kindergarten through sixth grade.

“Schools are utilizing them for professional development for teachers, and then they’re also utilizing it for purchasing curriculum,” she says.

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HIGHLAND - A Highland art teacher is one of the latest recipients of a grant from the Highland Education Foundation.  She was awarded for her idea that is changing the way STEM education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, is viewed.  

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“There’s this image that that stuff’s for boys,” Berry says. “Boys program, boys are good at math, boys are good at science – girls shouldn’t do that stuff. So once they get that stigma in their mind, it’s kind of really hard to get them back.”