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Discover STEM Funding

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Educators face many challenges in and out of the classroom. Funding shouldn’t be one of them. Our Guide to PreK-8 STEM Funding provides easy-to-read summaries and practical tips that can help you navigate the complex world of STEM funding and improve your understanding of different funding opportunities.

 

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Questions to Ask Before You Start

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What is your goal?

Every successful implementation plan begins with a clear and direct goal. Lay out realistic goals and aim for measurable results; e.g., “We plan to launch a pilot program to integrate engineering and science education for third-grade students in two schools, reaching 400 students over two years.”

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How will you measure success?

Determine how you will measure whether your new program made a difference.

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What do you need to be successful?

Money, people, time, equipment, supplies . . . these are all resources that you can leverage to accomplish your goal.

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Should you hire a grant writer?

Remember that even if you do hire an external grant writer, you’ll want someone to work with the grant writer to make sure the writer has the information they need.

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How much do you need for a successful implementation?

Research the programs that you would like to implement and calculate the total cost of the program and the resources that you will need to implement.

Funding Opportunities at a Glance

Learn more about these funding opportunities with our Guide to PreK-8 Funding.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act is the primary source of federal funding to support and improve our nation’s schools. ESSA includes multiple Titles and funding streams that provide flexibility for schools to use funds to support different aspects of STEM education.

Federal Grants

Federal agencies like National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provide funding for STEM programs.

State and Local Grants

STEM education is of top interest to many states across the country. Some states have various initiatives, such as a STEM Council or Task Force, a STEM Ecosystem, or a P-16 council that distribute funds to support STEM education.

Community Foundation Grants

Community Foundations are grantmaking public charities that aim to better the lives of people who live in a defined local area. They work to meet the needs of the community they serve, and often play a crucial role in identifying and solving issues within their local communities.

Corporate

Many corporations consider STEM education a smart investment, especially if the funds improve student outcomes and have a positive impact on the community where their employees and/or consumers live and work.

Worcester District Implementation of EiE Engineering Curricula

STEM funding can come in all shapes and sizes. Thanks to the generous support from corporate sponsor Dell, Worcester Public Schools (Massachusetts) was able to take their implementation of Engineering is Elementary curriculum from 5 schools to a full-wide district implementation of over 30 schools. Listen to Kathy Berube, a Science and Engineering Liaison, describe this district-wide implementation that demonstrates the tremendous power of hands-on engineering and corporate sponsorships.

 

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Don’t let funding concerns get in the way of implementing a STEM in your school or district. Get started today. It’s easier than you think.

 

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