• Leavenworth High School awarded $500K STEM grant

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  • From a Unified School District 453 release
    Leavenworth High School has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity.
    According to the Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education of the National Science and Technology Council, it is critical to national security that students spark interest in critical and fast-growing careers in STEM. Unified School District 453’s education system is poised to increase and sustain student engagement in STEM. This grant will provide LHS with the resources necessary to successfully build and/or expand the district’s STEM programming.
    “This grant is student-centered and will allow Leavenworth High School to take steps forward in the STEM and project-based learning areas of our current school redesign efforts,” said Dr. Mike Roth, superintendent of schools. “We are extremely appreciative to have been selected for this grant and excited for the increased opportunities for our students.”
    The grant award will support increased student access to technological classroom resources across a number of content areas at LHS. Additionally, it will support teacher training in project-based learning.
    As part of the grant award, LHS will launch a FIRST Robotics extracurricular program in which students design and build robots to compete in local and regional competitions. New equipment will also be procured to support teaching and learning in the math and science departments.
    A school-wide program of STEM instructional support will provide the LHS staff with the resources necessary to increase the STEM career and academic preparation of its military-connected students. Classroom resources that the grant supports will be implemented immediately and continue through the five-year term of the grant. One goal of the grant is to increase student STEM college- and career-readiness by raising achievement rates in math and science. Another grant goal is to increase female participation in STEM courses and activities at LHS.
    DoDEA awarded $29 million across 36 grants as part of its 2018 Cohort. These grants will serve more than 166,000 students across 20 states, 66,000 of whom are military-connected. DoDEA’s Education Partnership and Resources division strives to ensure all military-connected K-12 students have access to quality educational opportunities through engagement in partnerships with school districts and professional organizations. Learn more about the division at https://www.dodea.edu/Partnership/about.cfm.
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