STEM grants for schools can be obtained via websites like Grant Wrangler, which specializes in listing various educational grants intended to fund math, technology and science programs for grades K-12. One example is the Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Educator Grant, which has a rolling deadline and is administered by the Air Force Association (AFA). This $250 grant is offered to teachers of grades K-12 who are members of Aerospace Education or CAZP.
Grant Wrangler also lists a variety of helpful STEM resources for teachers, including a text messaging service called Remind 101 which is a safe and free way for teaches to stay in touch with students and parents via text messaging. Another resource is public alert radio which is provided free of charge to schools via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Some private and public sector organizations also provide STEM grants for schools, including the Georgia Innovation Fund which offers a total of almost $20 million in grants. The governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, recently announced this large STEM grant program which is known as the Race to the Top (RT3) grant program. This competitive program is funded through the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget Innovation Fund, and it will award grants to schools which form partnerships with local non-profit organizations or businesses in order to implement high impact, innovative programs to produce successful educational outcomes.
According to state officials, this grant program has the potential to unleash some powerful creative and entrepreneurial forces in Georgia which can help to improve education in the state. They note that amid a tough budget climate, the grant program will be very competitive.
Another example of a private sector organization which participates in the STEM grant for schools initiative is the Intel Foundation. This year, the Intel Foundation offered more than $25000 in STEM grants to fund programs in K-12 schools. Intel awards these grants to select schools based on their demonstrated excellence in the areas of science and math education. They look to fund schools which have developed innovative teaching and learning environments for math and science education.
These select schools are known as Intel Schools of Distinction, and in order to qualify for the grants a school must develop a curricula and environment which exceed certain benchmarks set at a national level for science and math content. Intel selects up to three schools at the high school, middle school and elementary level to compete as finalists for the $5000 grants.
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