Department of Defense awards up to $11 million each to five groups for STEM education
The Department of Defense has issued five cooperative agreement awards for academic organizations to elevate science, technology, engineering and math education at two-year institutions and community colleges. Five consortia could receive up to $11 million each over a six-year period as part of the National Defense Education Program, DOD said Thursday. DOD intends to grant $5 million to cover the base performance period of three years and may exercise options valued at $2 million annually over three years.
Awardees will aim to produce more certified graduates of training programs focused on DOD-critical technology areas and transition more 2YI/CC programs to four-year college degrees in STEM according to ExecutiveGov.
New Hampshire Department of Educations seeks $180K from the National Guard and Starbase
New Hampshire officials are seeking to set up a National Guard program to encourage children to pursue science and technology careers, in a move that would mirror programs in other states.
In a request to the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee this week, the state’s Department of Military Affairs and Veterans Services is seeking $179,461 in federal funds to help set up the program, known as STARBASE. The money is intended to go toward desks, chairs, computers, office supplies, and printed educational materials, according to a letter the department sent to the committee according to The 74.
NASA awards $4 million for STEM
The National Space Council held its second meeting on Friday at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, with climate change and science, technology, engineering and math education as key topics of discussion. The event included a video update on the proposed Earth Information Center, which would allow the public to see how the Earth is evolving, and help scientists and authorities study and address climate change, the agency said Saturday.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson presented the video, noting that the center “will be available to everyone in an easy-to-access format” During the meeting, the agency also announced that it will grant more than $4 million to four institutions across the country to boost interest in NASA experiences and STEM education among traditionally underserved and underrepresented middle and high school students.
The award is part of the Space Grant K-12 Inclusiveness and Diversity in STEM program, otherwise known as SG KIDS, which aims to provide STEM opportunities to students in marginalized communities.
Ardagh Group Gives Burlington Schools $180K of $50 million committed in STEM Grants
In 2021, Ardagh, a glass, metal and recycling company, announced a 10-year, $50 million program to support STEM education in the 24 U.S. communities in which the company has offices, including Burlington, where Ardagh has a plant.
During Monday’s BASD board meeting, Oelslager provided an update on how the grant money will be used. Ardagh is paying for BASD to teach modules designed by Project Lead the Way, a nonprofit that develops STEM curriculum. BASD elementary, middle and high school instructors will receive training to teach the modules.
For STEM courses at the elementary school level, there are 43 potential modules for students to learn about many subjects, including life science, physical science and computer science. Oelslager said the school district will “most likely be starting out” with one module per grade level in elementary schools according to GovTech.