National Education Foundation (NEF), a national non-profit organization in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, announced plans to invest $10 million to increase the number of school districts with access to STEM education programs.
In order to qualify for the matching grant, a school district must have 35% or more students on free or reduced cost lunch.
According to NEF, this is an innovative initiative to improve the STEM skills of U.S. students. STEM skill attainment is critical if students, communities, and institutions in America are to thrive in the highly competitive global economy.
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Realizing the importance of STEM, many school districts are pursing establishment of STEM academies. NEF’s grant will allow them to create total system solutions to compliment and supplement their efforts.
“U.S. is falling further behind other countries in STEM education every year. We need to stem the tide with cost-effective holistic solutions rather than piecemeal solutions,” said NEF chairman and STEM education expert Dr. Appu Kuttan.
NEF has partnered with the State University of New York (SUNY) to help administer the grants and help school districts set up STEM academies.