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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Society for Science & the Public today announced $120,000 in grants have been distributed to five innovative organizations supporting community-based STEM projects and 23 science research programs to purchase much-needed equipment for teachers across the country. In total, $20,000 will be distributed to the nonprofit organizations, while $100,000 will go to teachers.
Through the STEM Action & Research Grant Program, the Society aims to fund cutting-edge, mission-driven organizations and support teachers who are leading students in authentic STEM research projects.
“It is more important than ever that we recognize and support grassroots organizations using creative approaches to extend and enhance STEM education for young people. Likewise, I’m thrilled that the Society for Science & the Public is able to provide exemplary teachers with the tools they need to engage their students in scientific research,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of the Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of Science News.
STEM Action Grants
The STEM Action Grants support organizations that seek to advocate for the general public’s increased understanding of STEM fields, spark a life-long interest in and appreciation for STEM fields through unique programming and increase participation in STEM fields of underrepresented populations.
The following organizations received STEM Action Grants:
STEM Research Grants
The STEM Research Grants provide one-time grants to educators to help fund equipment or other experimental materials needed to complete research projects, or travel necessary to bring students to locations where they can complete their research.
The following teachers received STEM Research Grants to fund equipment such as robotics kits, DNA research equipment, microscopes, electrophoresis classroom kits, field biology collection kits, general laboratory supplies like petri dishes, sensors and pipettes as well as transportation to research facilities.
Preference was given to schools or teachers supporting multiple students in research, schools or teachers supporting low-income students or students of underrepresented ethnicity, and/or programs proving sustainability beyond the current school year.
About Society for Science & the Public
Society for Science & the Public is dedicated to the achievement of young scientists in independent research and to public engagement in science. Established in 1921, the Society is a nonprofit whose vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Through its world-class competitions, including the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and the Broadcom MASTERS, and its award-winning magazines, Science News and Science News for Students, Society for Science & the Public is committed to inform, educate, and inspire. Learn more at www.societyforscience.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (Society4Science).