Five schools across the United States – including one in Charleston – have been selected to receive a $5,000 grant each for STEM technology through the 2021 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes. Created by the Siemens Foundation–a leader in advancing STEM workforce development and education initiatives–in partnership with Discovery Education, the Possibility Grant Sweepstakes inspires the next generation of STEM leaders by providing critical resources and support to schools. Through its partnership with Discovery Education, the Siemens Foundations is providing no-cost standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.
Now in the sixth year, the 2021 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes continues to enhance the availability of STEM supplies and technology. The 2021 grant now expands efforts to further equity and inclusion in education and impact more students by offering a total of $25,000 to five under-resourced schools, building upon the traditional single $10,000 grant. Out of more than 12,000 submissions, the five 2021 Sweepstakes recipients are:
- Deer Park Middle School, Charleston County School District
- Breckenridge Elementary School, Breckenridge Independent School District 846 in Breckenridge, MN
- Spring View Elementary School, Keya Paha County School District in Springview, NE
- Santa Teresa High School, Gadsden Independent Schools in Santa Teresa, NM
- Level up Academy, Enterprise City School District in White Bear Lake, MN
“This grant directly supports the educators of Breckenridge Elementary School in their work to provide inspiring STEM opportunities in any learning environment,” said Principal Corinna Erickson of Breckenridge Elementary School. “With this support, our students can reach their maximum potential.”
Previous winning schools include Sugar Hill Elementary School of Hall County School District in Gainesville, GA; Fort White Elementary School of Columbia County School District in Fort White, FL; Lithonia High School of DeKalb County School District in Lithonia, GA; and Roseland Montessori School of the Tangipahou Parish School System in Roseland, Louisiana. Learn more about the winners and sweepstakes here.
“The Siemens Foundation promotes equity in education by empowering K-12 STEM leaders, particularly those in underserved communities,” said David Etzwiler, CEO, Siemens Foundation. “We are thrilled to offer the Possibility Grant Sweepstakes to support STEM education programs that lead to a more inclusive and equitable society.”
“Discovery Education is proud to work with Siemens Foundation to help close the opportunity gap in STEM through innovative solutions tailored to schools’ local context,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Partnerships & Social Impact at Discovery Education. “Together, we are empowering educators to support high-quality STEM instruction and fostering equity and access to quality educational resources that inspire the STEM leaders of tomorrow.”
The Sweepstakes builds upon Siemens STEM Day—programing that provides more than 180 no-cost, hands-on STEM activities aligned to national teaching standards to help innovate curriculum. Learn more about the Possibility Grant Sweepstakes and Siemens STEM Day at SiemensSTEMDay.com and within Discovery Education’s K-12 learning platform on the Siemens STEM Day channel.
For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.
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