INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced today the recipients of the State’s first-ever K-6 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Acceleration Grants. The awards will be used for important research efforts to provide Indiana leaders with evidence of impact from STEM activities happening in classrooms across the state.
“An education grounded in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics helps prepare students for academic success, while preparing them for life beyond high school,” said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. “As State Superintendent, I am excited Indiana is able to award this ground-breaking grant, and I want to commend the awarded schools for their dedication and commitment to this opportunity for students.”
For Fiscal Year 2018, the Indiana General Assembly appropriated funding to IDOE for STEM Program Alignment. Grant funds are to be used for research, surveys, and related staff support initiatives. These activities will develop recommendations to improve elementary and secondary student achievement and participation in STEM subjects throughout Indiana. Additionally, this will improve coordination among the various STEM programs. Through this opportunity, IDOE will enhance student success by accelerating exposure to and learning in the STEM disciplines for grades K-12. IDOE will provide STEM support activities during the 2018-2019 school year to help schools who have an interest in accelerating, scaling, or starting school activities based in STEM.
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 136 proposals for the competitive grant, with 11 schools receiving Indiana’s first-ever grant of this nature.
The following is the list of awardees:
Bloomfield School District
Clay Community Schools
Fayette County School Corporation
Lebanon Community School Corporation
M S D Lawrence Township
M S D Southwest Allen County Schools
School City of Mishawaka
Spencer-Owen Community Schools
Tippecanoe School Corporation
Tri-Creek School Corporation
Warrick County School Corporation
To learn more about IDOE efforts to increase STEM education across the state, please visit: www.doe.in.gov/ccr/indiana-stem-education-science-technology-engineering-and-mathematics.