Cox Communications and Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence are offering grants of about 12,000 dollars to out of school time programs across the state.
One of the most popular programs in the line is the Abia Judd Elementary School’s Lego Robotics after-school program. The school authorities said that they would make use of the grant to buy two Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits and accessories. They believe that the latest kits and accessories will take their afterschool STEM program to the next level.
These programs will surely help children to make use of analytical and critical thinking to collaborate with partners to make, explore, and share, as they find solutions to robotic needs and challenges. In the sixth cycle, the grant will range from 500 to 1500 dollars.
Courtney Sullivan, who is the executive director of the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) program, said that the grant “will provide valuable opportunities for youth to keep them on the path to success. These STEM grants are designed to encourage and promote the inclusion of informal STEM learning opportunities in out-of-school programs of all kinds.”
Northland Preparatory Academy is another out of school time program that was awarded the grant. The grant allows NPA to start new Maker Monday program. As per the program, youth will learn about the maker movement and they will write proposals for making, creating, and innovating.
Other recipients of the grant are the Scottsdale Public Library, Catalina Foothills School District in Tucson, Western Valley Elementary in Phoenix, Kyrene Community Education in Tempe, Paradise Valley Unified School District in Phoenix, Fireside Elementary in Phoenix, and Peoria High School.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Recent studies have shown that American students are not good in STEM disciplines and that many of them are not interested in STEM. Experts say that the STEM grants from Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence and Cox Communications will help popularize STEM discipline among America’s students.
Millions of dollars are spent by foundations and state governments to improve STEM. These activities gives many opportunities for non-profit organizations and local schools to pursue grant finding for the current and new STEM programs.