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Seek and find the funds you need

Published November 27, 2019
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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

November

1
Toshiba America Foundation
Makes and science more engaging for students in Grades 6-12
Toshiba.com/taf/612.jsp

30
Harry Chapin Foundation
Supports the arts and environmental programs
Harrychapinfoundation.org/apply

December

1
Voya Foundation

Supports STEM learning programs for Grades K-8 and financial literacy programs for Grades 9-12
Corporate.voya.com/corporate-responsibility/investing-communities/voya-foundation-grants

7
Northrop Grumman Foundation

Stresses STEM learning
Northropgrumman.com/CorporateResponsibility/CorporateCitizenship/Philanthropy/Pages/FoundationGrantGuidelines.aspx

“What I took away from the seminar and STEM Camp was an excitement to see how students and teachers would adapt to the new STEM programs. With Pitsco’s help, I felt more confident in my role as the teacher in leading and assisting my students to be successful.”

– Jana Price, engineering instructor, UMS-Wright, Mobile, Alabama

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