WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Society for Science & the Public is excited to announce that the organization will be giving a total of $100,000 to 24 middle school science teachers across the country to support STEM research activities in their classrooms. Each teacher will receive a grant of up to $5,000 to spend on scientific research equipment, such as Raspberry Pi computers, water and soil testing kits and computer software for data analysis. To date, the Society has provided $120,000 in grants to STEM teachers through this program.
“I’m excited to be providing this financial support to middle school teachers who encounter students at such an important point in their lives,” said Maya Ajmera, President & CEO of the Society for Science & the Public. “During this crucial time, students start setting the stage for their future path in high school while some young people begin drifting away from their interests in STEM. By providing these teachers with the resources to build a meaningful STEM research program, we are helping to engage the next generation of leaders in engineering and science.”
The Society’s STEM Research Grant Program supports educators who are implementing fresh and innovative teaching methods to shed light on discoveries that can be made through original STEM research projects. The one-time grants, in large part, are provided to educators in schools serving in low-income areas or underrepresented students.
In 2017, the program provided $120,000 to nearly 30 high school teachers. In 2018, the Society chose to focus on middle school teachers. The 2018 recipients represent 18 states and the U.S. territory, American Samoa.
The following teachers received STEM Research Grants to fund equipment and other programming:
The STEM Research Grant Program is supported, in part, through funding provided by Regeneron.