Published November 27, 2019
One of the great things about education is its character of immateriality. For
you to have more, it is not necessary that others have less. Today, there is enough
STEM curriculum available to satisfy the desires of every district. Whether science,
math, computer science, robotics, or engineering, all subjects are vital in today’s
classrooms, but limitation of funds could be a hindrance. Should you happen to be
standing outside the fire, you might face challenges in obtaining current learning
tools. It is said you cannot direct the wind but you can adjust the sails, and to
furnish those adjustments, the government makes available several grants for which
districts may apply.
The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act assists in developing
technical education and aims to strengthen local accountability and focus on CTE
student academic achievement. Pitsco presents robotics in the form of TETRIX®
PRIME and TETRIX MAX building systems, which provide hands-on learning for
students to assemble and disassemble robots. Pitsco also provides dragster and
rocket kits and launchers to address student interest in engineering and aerospace
fields; perhaps they are solid choices for grant dollars.
Emphasis is also placed on understanding all aspects of an industry to include
work-based learning. Pitsco curriculum furnishes lessons on drafting and supplies
information on house framing, siding, and flooring while also teaching the types
and uses of different tools that would be necessary in that field of work.
Economics might also play a role in the search for grant assistance. ESSA’s Title 1
Basic Grant programs operated by local educational agencies (LEAs), which seek to
assist schools with a high percentage of disadvantaged children, might also be an asset
to some schools. The funds allocated are based primarily on census poverty estimates
and the cost of education in each state. Awards are made by formula to LEAs with great
emphasis placed on academic achievement of career and tech ed students.
Pitsco’s STEM Units are focused on cross-curricular activities and experiments
that teach concepts in math, science, technology, and language arts with flexibility
and adaptability. Elementary classes revolve around exploring air, flight, heated air,
transportation, compressed air, and many more learning challenges.
Another federal offering could be ESSA’s Title IV, Part A, which authorizes
activities to provide students with a well-rounded education including STEM and
computer science, supporting safe and healthy students, and supporting the
effective use of technology. The grant authorizes the expenditure of $1.6 billion
to help bring about the ESSA objectives. Pitsco has the answer in all areas with a
variety of hands-on activities that enable students to investigate a world that they
will ultimately encounter.
Curriculum leaders should study and acquire available grants to avoid
significantly shortchanging students, educators, and their communities. The grants
support effective use of technology, which is all-inclusive, providing professional
development as well as the purchase of devices. The hardest part in starting
something new, especially when it comes to education programs, is beginning.
Therefore, being aware of grant options, even at the federal level, and their local
benefit is important to taking the first step.
Grant Application Deadlines
Toshiba America Foundation
Makes and science more engaging
for students in Grades 6-12
Harry Chapin Foundation
Supports the arts and environmental
Supports STEM learning programs
for Grades K-8 and financial literacy
programs for Grades 9-12
Northrop Grumman Foundation
Stresses STEM learning