- Executive Office of Education
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces $1.2 Million to Help More Students Study Stem
Colleen Quinn, Communications Director, Executive Office of Education
Boston, MA — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced $1.2 million in school grants to expand computer science, engineering, and biomedical science education for students at 58 schools across the Commonwealth in grades K-12.
Project Lead The Way, a national nonprofit organization focused on improving computer science, engineering and biomedical science for K-12 students and teachers, was awarded the state grant, along with a matching grant from the One8 Foundation. The funding goes directly to schools to support professional development, curriculum, and equipment to bring innovative project-based learning to students. Of the 58 participating schools, 35 schools are implementing their first Project Lead The Way course and 23 schools are expanding STEM course offerings for students.
The STEM Career Pathway Capacity Grant program, which has awarded over $2.5 Million to over 115 schools over the last two years, was created to expand the number of students able to engage in rigorous project-based STEM courses. The grant program gives priority to schools in districts that are building STEM pathways across all grade levels.
“Engaging our students throughout their K-12 school years with hands-on lessons in science, engineering, computer science, technology and math will prepare them for success after high school and strengthen the Massachusetts workforce,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, who co-chairs the STEM Advisory Council.
“With this grant, more students will be engaged in valuable science, engineering and computer science projects that teach them to problem solve, think critically, and collaborate, while exposing them to fields that are growing across the Commonwealth,” Education Secretary James Peyser said.
“To thrive in our evolving world, students must have in-demand knowledge and transportable skills,” said Vince Bertram, PLTW president and CEO. “We are proud to partner with the Governor’s Office, the One8 Foundation, and Mass STEM Hub to expand access to engaging and inspiring learning experiences for Massachusetts’s students.”
“We are excited to be partnering with PLTW to ensure students across the state have access to high-quality STEM programming,” said Katherine Skrivan, Mass STEM Hub Director. “We are looking forward to working closely with teachers and leaders to support their implementation of this proven program.”
The STEM Career Pathway Capacity Grant is overseen by the Executive Office of Education in conjunction with the STEM Advisory Council and the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet.
The STEM Advisory Council serves as the coordinating entity, bringing together participants from state agencies, the Legislature, and members of the public and private sectors involved in STEM education planning and programming. Funding for the STEM Career Pathway Capacity Grant comes from a mix of public and private partners including, the STEM Advisory Council, the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, and the One8 Foundation.
About Mass STEM Hub
Mass STEM Hub, a program of the One8 Foundation, partners with schools to implement high-quality, applied learning programs. Our mission is to provide schools with access to and support for premier STEM programming that engages students and prepares them for 21st century careers. We identify proven programs, develop supports to help ensure high-quality adoption, and create complementary offerings (e.g., trainings, events) to supercharge the impact. By working across the state, Mass STEM Hub can develop programs and cultivate partners that would be difficult for single schools working alone to create. Our first initiative is a statewide implementation of Project Lead The Way. For more information visit www.mass-stemhub.org
About Project Lead The Way
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. Approximately 11,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org
About the STEM Advisory Council
In order to sustain economic prosperity and growth, the STEM Advisory Council seeks to build a deeper, more diverse human capital pipeline to fill the growing demand for talent by MA employers, while creating new opportunities for young people and adults to pursue rewarding and productive careers requiring STEM expertise. Consistent with this purpose, the Council works with the Administration to align and leverage public programs and resources, while engaging private-sector partners, in order to accelerate progress and achieve maximum impact. Building on earlier initiatives, the Governor’s Advisory Council on STEM is authorized by Section 218 of Chapter 6 of Massachusetts General Law. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.edu/stem/home.asp
The following schools will take part in the grant:
|Swanson Road Intermediate School||Auburn|
|West Barnstable Elementary||Barnstable|
|Bellingham High School||Bellingham|
|Monument Mt Regional High||Berkshire Hills|
|Monument Valley Regional Middle School||Berkshire Hills|
|Mario Umana Academy||Boston|
|Oliver Hazard Perry||Boston|
|Center Elementary School||Chelmsford|
|Charles D Harrington||Chelmsford|
|Shepherd Hill Regional High||Dudley-Charlton Regional|
|John J Doran||Fall River|
|Letourneau Elementary School||Fall River|
|Morton Middle||Fall River|
|John J Ahern||Foxborough|
|Granby Jr Sr High School||Granby|
|Holyoke STEM Academy||Holyoke|
|Hopedale Jr Sr High||Hopedale|
|John D Mc Govern Elementary||Medway|
|Henry B. Burkland Elementary School||Middleborough|
|Mary K. Goode Elementary School||Middleborough|
|Quarry Hill Community School||Monson|
|Normandin Middle School||New Bedford|
|North Middlesex Regional||North Middlesex|
|Northeast Metro Regional Vocational||Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational Technical|
|Charles McCann Vocational Technical||Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational Technical|
|Quaboag Regional High||Quaboag Regional|
|A. C. Whelan Elementary School||Revere|
|Beachmont Veterans Memorial School||Revere|
|Dr. Kevin M. Hurley Middle School||Seekonk|
|Shawsheen Valley Vocational Technical High School||Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical|
|Silver Lake Regional Middle School||Silver Lake|
|Tantasqua Regional Jr High||Tantasqua|
|Westfield Middle School||Westfield|