VanderWall applauds nearly $700,000 in educational grants to the district

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curt VanderWall on Wednesday congratulated three educational entities in the 35th District on being awarded state grants for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

West Shore Educational Service District was awarded $500,000 for an AP Computer Science/Computer Science Discoveries program; Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District received $162,884 for a Math Recovery program; and Suttons Bay Public Schools was awarded $30,502 for a VEX Robotics program.

“STEM education is vital to success for this generation and for those to come,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “It is wonderful to see these schools rewarded for their commitment to grounding our students in this critical knowledge.”

The state set aside money in the 2018-19 School Aid Act for the MiSTEM Advisory Council to distribute grants for proposals to implement programs listed in the STEMworks database, a repository of high-quality STEM programs that have gone through a rigorous review process.

Seventy-eight applications were submitted to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), and the Council awarded over $3 million to 21 winners.

Ten different projects were funded, including Michigan-developed Cereal City Science, Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, and Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform (MiSTAR).

Other grants went to projects that have built capacity in Michigan and have a proven track record for improving student engagement and achievement in STEM, including Math Recovery; AP Computer Science Principles and Computer Science Discoveries; Project Lead the Way (PLTW); TESLA/Next Generation Science Exemplars (NGSX); Engineering is Elementary; and Vex Robotics.

For more information on the MiSTEM Advisory Council and the MiSTEM regions, see www.Michigan.gov/MiStem. More information on the STEMworks database can be found at StemWorks.WestEd.org.