BARNSTABLE –The state has awarded a $1 million STEM grant to a national nonprofit organization that will help expand computer science and engineering education for students in grades 6-12 at 45 schools across the Commonwealth.
They include schools in Barnstable, Wareham, Oak Bluffs and Sandwich.
The STEM High-Quality Career Pathway Capacity Grant was created to increase access for students to engage in project-based STEM courses.
The grant gives priority to schools in districts that are building STEM pathways across all grade levels.
Barnstable High School, Minot Forest School, Sandwich High School, Oak Bluffs Elementary School, Oak Ridge School, Wareham Senior High School and Wareham Middle School were included in the expanded program.
“Increasing educational opportunities in STEM is critical to prepare our students with the education and skills they will need to be successful in industries that are thriving in the Commonwealth,” Governor Charlie Baker said. “This grant will help address the challenges we face in our state’s innovation economy – that is the gap between available jobs in STEM fields and qualified workers able to fill those jobs.”
The STEM High-Quality Career Pathway Capacity Grant is overseen by the Executive Office of Education in conjunction with the STEM Advisory Council and the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet.
The STEM Advisory Council serves as the coordinating entity, bringing together participants from state agencies, the Legislature, and members of the public and private sectors involved in STEM education planning and programming.
The curricula will be aligned with the state’s Science, Technology, and Engineering, and Digital Literacy and Computer Science Curriculum Frameworks, and will provide intensive professional development for teachers.