Thanks for a recent grant a college of education is increasing STEM courses in public schools.
A $580,000 grant was awarded to Pacific University College of Education to improve science and math classes in six Oregon school districts. The college is known for an enthusiastic approach to hands on science and math courses, and now will be able to spread these resources to elementary schools.
The grant is part of the Oregon Department of Education Title IIB Math and Science Partnerships. Funding will be provided for a project between Pacific University, the University of Oregon Department of Physics and the Salem-Keizer, Tigard-Tualatin, Woodburn, Molalla River, Silver Falls and Central School Districts, developing and refining hands on science and math lesson plans and providing the staff development for teaching those courses.
According to Pacific professor and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teacher education director Kevin Carr, “Traditional science and math education has been a little abstract. It will be really clear, in these units, what the career focus is.”