Nine Arizona afterschool programs will have the opportunity to engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects, thanks to funding from Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence in partnership with Cox Communications.
Now in their sixth grant cycle, the annual STEM Grants are designed to encourage and promote the inclusion of informal STEM learning opportunities in Arizona out-of-school programs. Exposing youth to STEM-related activities outside of the school day allows them to learn experientially by engaging in hands-on activities that require the practical but fun application of concepts learned in the classroom. Informal STEM learning afterschool provides exposure to a broad array of STEM careers, helping prepare youth to become globally competitive.
Grants ranged from $500 to $1,500 and the nine selected grant recipients come from programs spanning the state. From 3-D printing to controlling robots with coding, these programs will provide youth with valuable skills to prepare them for success in college, career and life.
The 2016 STEM Grant recipients are:
Abia Judd Elementary School, LEGO Robotics | Prescott
Catalina Foothills School District, Coding & Robotics | Tucson
Fireside Elementary, STEM Innovation Station | Phoenix
Kyrene Community Education, Star Wars & Maker Mania | Tempe
Northland Preparatory Academy, Maker Mondays | Flagstaff
Paradise Valley Unified School District, Young Coders Club | Phoenix
Peoria High School, MESA: Engineering Your Future | Peoria
Scottsdale Public Library, Code Club | Scottsdale
Western Valley Elementary, Rocket Launch | Phoenix
For more information about each of the funded STEM programs, visit http://azafterschool.org/stem/2016-stem-grant-awards/.