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DOE gets $1.5M grant to boost STEM education for 8 Hawaii schools

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The state Department of Education received a $1.5 million grant on Tuesday from the Department of Defense Education Activity intended to provide students with enhanced learning opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Kindergarten through eighth-grade students at eight military-impacted schools will use Project Lead The Way, the nation’s leading research-based STEM curriculum, to enhance STEM academic achievement and provide students with necessary skills to pursue STEM-related carrers.

The grant includes Barbers Point, Ewa Beach, Holomua, Iroquois Point, Kapolei, Keoneula and Mauka Lani; along with Ilima Intermediate School.

“The goal of this partnership program is to improve academic achievement of non-high-needs and high-needs military-dependent students in kindergarten through eighth grades,” said Heidi Armstrong, Campbell-Kapolei Complex Area Superintendent.  “We are honored to be a first time DoDEA grant recipient and we look forward to boosting STEM learning opportunities at these schools to get students college and career ready.”  

PLTW also has a built-in STEM professional development component that offers teachers better tools for robust and flexible instructional support.

The five-year grant will end in 2020.

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