$1M grant to help fund STEM programs in Atlanta area schools

About four dozen schools from Atlanta-area school districts were awarded grants to implement hands-on, project-based science, technology, engineering and math programs next school year, a nonprofit that provides STEM programs announced.

The press release from Project Lead the Way also said The Goizueta Foundation, which provides financial assistance to educational and charitable organizations, provided $1 million to help with expanding STEM education in Atlanta and the surrounding metropolitan area.

According to information provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM-related jobs will grow 17 percent by 2018, a pace nearly double that of jobs not in STEM fields. That would include about 211,000 STEM-related jobs in Georgia alone.

The grant will be used in 31 elementary and 14 middle schools in Atlanta and Cobb, Douglas, Fulton and Rockdale counties. The grants are for two years and will assist in covering startup and maintenance costs for the programs.

“Through this partnership with Project Lead The Way, we hope to expand the impact of (metropolitan) Atlanta schools by increasing their capacity to deliver high-quality, hands-on programming that is often a significant contributor to many students’ academic successes,” Olga Goizueta Rawls, chairwoman and CEO of The Goizueta Foundation, said in the release.

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