As technology and the world are constantly changing, so is the type of education that needs to be offered. STEAM education focuses on five disciplines: science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The acronym originally started out as just STEM, but was changed later to include art.
A thorough STEAM education is crucial to today’s youth, because it allows them to have exposure to a variety of subjects which helps develop their critical thinking skills. According to a study from the National Endowment for the Arts students who completed a STEAM curriculum in high school were 21 percent more likely to attend college as compared with those who lacked an arts education. However, they were just as likely to pursue a STEM major.
Microsoft also conducted a study focused on STEM education. The study showed that only one in five STEM college students feel that their K–12 education prepared them for their college courses in STEM.
Nov. 8 is National STEAM/STEM Day. In honor of the day, GrantWatch is acknowledging these five fields by sharing five grants specifically for STEAM education initiatives.
Grants to Improve STEAM Education
- There are grants available for U.S. IHE faculty, post-doctoral researchers and doctoral scholars for educational research projects. Grants of $25,000 or $35,000 will build research capacity and advance knowledge in education and STEM education and learning.
- In addition, there is funding available to U.S. nonprofits, for-profits, IHE’s and agencies to strengthen the quality of STEM education. Funding is for a broad range of projects that provide the public with access to STEM learning.
- Grants to U.S. nonprofit organizations in multiple states for literacy and STEAM-focused educational programs for grades PreK-8. Program goals include preparing children for kindergarten and ensuring that students are reading at or above grade level by the time they reach third grade.
- Opportunity for U.S. middle-school STEAM teachers to participate in a professional training program in Washington, DC. The training program helps teachers gain new skills, develop projects, incorporate informal education into their curriculum, and meet fellow STEAM educators from across the United States.
- Finally, there are grants available to U.S. nonprofits and schools for STEM education, the environment, and local community programming. Specifically, secondary and elementary schools for programs in communities where the funding source does business.
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