North Harrison schools receive STEM grant
The Indiana Dept. of Education recently announced the recipients of K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Acceleration Grants. Among them was the North Harrison Community School Corp.
The awards will allow districts to accelerate, scale or implement a STEM curricula grounded in problem/project-based or inquiry-based pedagogy, and incorporating teacher training and support.
“A STEM education is vital to preparing our students for an ever-changing technological global economy,” Dr. Jennifer McCormick, the state superintendent of public instruction, said. “I commend our awarded schools for their commitment to STEM and for their dedication to equipping students with the 21st century skills necessary to thrive and be successful.”
The Indiana General Assembly appropriated funding in Fiscal Year 2020 to IDOE for STEM Program Alignment. A portion of these funds are to be used to improve elementary and secondary student achievement and participation in STEM subjects throughout Indiana. Additionally, this opportunity will allow schools to expand STEM career exposure for students throughout the K-12 educational continuum.
In an effort to ensure a wide field of STEM practices for research purposes, a variety of awardees implementing various state- and nationally-recognized curriculum options were selected as grant recipients. IDOE received a total of 77 proposals for the competitive grant, with 33 school districts receiving Indiana’s STEM Acceleration Grant for the first time.
For more information about IDOE efforts to increase STEM education throughout the state, visit www.doe.in.gov/ccr/indiana-stem-education-science-technology-engineering-and-mathematics.