BPSF STEM Matching Grant nears goal

posted Apr 2, 2017, 11:54 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 2, 2017, 11:55 AM ]
The $41,000 STEM Matching Grant from the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation, which supports introducing the Project Lead the Way Launch STEM curriculum at all six elementary schools, is near its goal. 

$39,700 has been pledged by community sources towards the matching grant, leaving it only $1,300 shy of a full match. If you would like to help us meet the goal, please contact the Bartlesville 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.

The district planned to offer new computer science modules in all of its fourth and fifth grade classes in 2017-2018. The district also offered training on a voluntary basis for interested teachers of kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students. Dianne Martinez, the district's Executive Director of Elementary and Middle Schools, announced to the Board of Education at its March meeting that all of the teachers in the remaining grade levels at all six schools volunteered to participate.

So during the upcoming school year, the following new modules will be piloted at all six elementary schools in Bartlesville:
  • Kindergarten: Animals and Algorithms
  • 1st Grade: Animated Storytelling
  • 2nd Grade: Grids and Games
  • 3rd Grade: Programming Patterns
  • 4th Grade: Input/Output: Computer Systems
  • 5th Grade: Infection: Modeling and Simulation
The district will then have a continuous Computer Science STEM pathway from kindergarten through high school. For older students, in 2017-2018 the district will be offering two new Project Lead the Way computer science courses at each middle school: Computer Science for Innovators and Makers and also App Creators. The high school already offers Project Lead the Way's AP Computer Science Principles. For 2017-2018 it will be adding Computer Science Essentials along with AP Computer Science A.

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.

Referring to the new elementary school Launch program, BPSF Chairman Krebbs said, “We will match up to $41,000 in donations from corporations, community groups, and private citizens to help the district pilot this program.”

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.
STEM Challenge Grant

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.

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Apr 2, 2017, 11:54 AM