Astellas Funds Two STEM Based Programs for Rural and Disadvantaged Students
In the past week the Astellas USA foundation announced two separate investments into STEM based programs that focus on increaseing rural and disadvantaged students exposure to Science, Technoloy Engineering and Math. Astellas is a leader in elevating progams to increase the exposure of STEM to students and build their interest in STEM based careers.
On November 10th, Astellas USA Foundation announced it is providing a $50,000 grant to the West Point Association of Graduates to encourage, empower and educate disadvantaged students in the fields of Science, Engineering, Math and Technology (STEM) through the West Point Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM. This program focuses on introducing STEM to students at the pre-college level, supporting cadets studying STEM at West Point, and retaining STEM talent for West Point, the Army, and the nation.
“The Center strives to inspire students to develop into leaders who will find solutions to the increasingly complex challenges that confront our nation,” said Lori Sheetz, Center Director. “Through our Mobile STEM Workshops and STEM Camps, we seek to introduce science, technology, engineering and math learning to young students from populations typically underrepresented in these fields, and open their eyes to new educational and career pathways for their future consideration.”
On November 14th, as part of its Science WoRx™ STEM education platform, Astellas USA Foundation announced a $1 million grant to Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a national nonprofit organization that provides transformative educational experiences for K-12 students and teachers. The grant will provide PLTW’s computer science, engineering and biomedical science programs to middle schools and high schools in rural Illinois beginning with the 2017-18 school year.
The grant is part of Astellas USA Foundation’s new Rural Spark ProjectTM, which seeks to change STEM education in targeted rural areas for middle and high school students by supporting teacher training and exciting hands-on learning opportunities in the classroom and the community.
“STEM programming is vital for all our schools, but districts in rural America, especially, struggle to attract and retain vital STEM teachers to lead science education”, said Moyra Knight, president, Astellas USA Foundation. “Creating programs that will inspire future scientists, support teachers and elevate college prospects for students is imperative to sustaining the economic wellbeing of rural communities.”
The Astellas USA Foundation continues to be a major partner with iBIO on EDUCATE’s Stellar Girls After School and Summer Camp programs. The Stellar Girls program inspires young women to enter into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers by introducing girls in Grades 3-8 to current, interesting, “Big Ideas” in STEM fields. Read our overview of the 2016 Stellar Girls Camp