BPS Foundation Challenge Grant for Elementary STEM Program

posted Nov 15, 2016, 3:33 PM by District Webmaster   [ updated Nov 15, 2016, 3:36 PM ]

The Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation is offering a Challenge Grant to support the piloting of a new STEM program in the district’s elementary schools. At the November 14th meeting of the Bartlesville Public School District Board of Education, Foundation Chairman Justin Krebbs announced that the Foundation will match up to $41,000 in community donations received through March 1, 2017 for piloting the Project Lead the Way Launch program in the district’s elementary schools.

Since 2015, Bartlesville Public Schools has been expanding its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program. Two high school STEM courses and all of the middle school STEM courses use national curricula from Project Lead the Way (PLTW). The Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation works to expand and enhance the excellence within the Bartlesville Public School District by providing grants for new and innovative curricula and programs that accelerate and enrich the learning environment for all students.

BPSF Chairman Krebbs said, “The Foundation is excited to announce the Launch Challenge Grant to support the the expansion of the Project Lead the Way curricula to our elementary school students. This donation will kick-off a fundraising effort for the PLTW Launch program to help Bartlesville Public Schools provide the best academic experience for every student.  We will match up to $41,000 in donations from corporations, community groups, and private citizens to help the district pilot this program.”

In PLTW courses, students apply science, technology, engineering, and math in a hands-on approach to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context. Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not on getting the “right” answer. The instructor takes on a facilitator role and the students participate in self-directed and cooperative learning activities which allows for creativity and critical thinking.  PLTW courses are aligned to the career pathways of engineering, computer science, and biomedical science.  Courses are designed to be taught in conjunction with a rigorous academic curriculum.

A $1.7 million grant from Phillips 66 funded the construction and equipping of Phillips 66 Innovation Labs at each secondary school. The district offered four new STEM courses at the high school in 2015-2016, and a fifth course was added in 2016-2017. Both middle schools have offered STEM Gateway to Technology courses for years, but the offerings doubled in 2016-2017. In 2016-17 enrollment in the district’s STEM courses in grades six through twelve more than doubled, rising from 600 to 1,376 students.

PLTW Launch is the next step in expanding the STEM program in the Bartlesville school district.  Launch provides the curriculum, teacher training, and tools necessary to engage elementary students in STEM.  By implementing Launch, the district will provide a continuous STEM pathway for students from elementary through high school.  Bartlesville students will be well-prepared for in-demand, high wage, high skill jobs and careers.

Private citizens, community groups, and corporations interested in donating toward this effort are encouraged to contact the Bartlesville Community Foundation, which is handling the Challenge Grant on behalf of the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation.

Please contact the Community Foundation via phone at (918) 337-2287 or via their website at bartlesvillecf.org and ask about the Launch Challenge Grant sponsored by the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation.
BPSF Challenge Grant Announcement at Board Meeting

Justin Krebbs, Chair of the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation, announced an Elementary STEM Challenge Grant at the Bartlesville Board of Education meeting on November 14, 2016.

From left to right: Bartlesville Board of Education member Randy Herren, Board Vice-President Rick Boswell, Superintendent Chuck McCauley, Bartlesville Public School Foundation Chair Justin Krebbs, BPSF Secretary Jessica Birk, BPSF Vice-President Blair Ellis, Board member Kevin Sitton, Board member Tyler Vaclaw, and Board member Alison Clark.

BPSF Challenge Grant
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Nov 15, 2016, 3:33 PM