Foundation has set out on an ambitious path to assist teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The need for assistance with STEM is a result of recent studies showing a decrease in interest in these areas while the Department of Education shows a significant increase in the future need of STEM related jobs.
The correlation between the desire and the need was a concern of the Foundation. Their reaction to these alarming statistics was to create the STEM Grants.
At the beginning of the school year STEM Grant applications are available to any teacher from grades K-12. The teacher must demonstrate how the item/project they are requesting promotes the STEM related fields. Once awarded, the grants allow teachers up to $750 to implement a new program and/or tools into their classroom.
Interest in the STEM Grants is growing. The following STEM Grants have been awarded:
2014 – 14 STEM Grants were awarded for a total of $7,875
2013 – 8 STEM Grants were awarded for a total of $5,500
If you would like to support the STEM Grants please follow this link to our donations page. Please note under Purposes that you would like the donations to be used towards STEM Grants. You can also mail a check to:
Blair Community Schools Foundation
P.O. Box 288
Blair, NE 68008
Please include STEM Grants on the memo line.
2015 STEM Grant Recipients
The Blair Community Schools Foundation distributed its 2015 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) grants to 19 district teachers. In its fourth year, STEM grants have provided more than $27,000 to fund nearly 50 different projects. Funds were distributed during the November Blair Community School Board meeting.
2014 STEM Grant Recipients
Thanks to Tricia Barber and the Blair Enterprise for use of this photo.
Receiving grants from the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics grants program of the Blair Community Schools Foundation are teachers Laura Schlachter, front left, Morgan Shields, Judith Lefeber, Pat Olson; back left, Ross Udey, Jeffrey Maas, foundation president Dale Christensen, and teachers Annette Ott and Krystal Macholan.
See how our STEM grants are being used