STEM education receives $7 Mil grant

BALTIMORE (WMAR) - Baltimore City elementary school have received a federal grant worth more than $7 million for STEM education.

The announcement came today that Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has been awarded a $7,414,585 federal grant over five years from the National Science Foundation to fund Stem Achievement in the city's elementary schools.

The project is a partnership between JHU and Baltimore City Public Schools and works within neighborhoods to build a community enterprise for science, technology, education and mathematics learning.

"Education is the opportunity ladder of this nation and early education is a critical rung in that ladder," said Senator Mikulski, Chairwoman of the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee which funds NSF. "Students with STEM backgrounds are in demand today, so they can fill the jobs of tomorrow. Every student deserves a chance to excel in those fields. This federal funding will help show Baltimore City students that STEM isn't just fun - it's the key to a good job and a promising future."

The program will engage 40 teachers and 1,620 students in grades 3-5 at 9 elementary schools in three high-minority, low income neighborhoods, as well as caregivers, community based-organizations, afterschool program providers, faculty and students from JHU, members of Baltimore's high tech businesses and local museums.

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