The Math, Science, Energy Education, and STEM Partnership Teacher Grants Program offered teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade up to $3,000 for equipment and/or materials to increase students’ interest and understanding of science, mathematics, and energy education. Grants were awarded through a competitive process with preference given to innovative projects that included objectives and measureable outcomes. Community volunteers and education specialists judged the grants using a formal rubric based on objective criteria. These hands on experiential projects played a key role not only in students’ learning comprehensions, but also in students’ interest in STEM subject.
An overwhelming majority of students – 85% – cultivated a growing interest in science and math as a direct result of participation in Teacher Grants Program projects.