STEM fields are slated to hold some of the most important jobs in the future. Unfortunately, these fields are also showing a huge shortage of qualified workers and students being trained in these subjects. The supply and demand gap for STEM workers is growing and is slated to continue to do so in the future. I’m sure we could all get into a nice tussle about the numerous reasons for this, instead we’re going to focus on what can be done about getting our students the best STEM education possible. Since getting awesome resources to teach some STEM subjects can be expensive – sometimes too expensive for schools to get great stuff – there are a lot of groups out there that are offering STEM grants for schools to help fill in the blanks for the funding of STEM education. So where can schools and teachers apply for these grants? We’ve collected a few good resources below.
STEMGrants.com offers an online directory of STEM grants searchable by grade level and by source. What is really awesome about this site, though, is the wealth of information they offer in addition to just linking to grant sources. They offer proposal tips, a guide to STEM funding, features news relating to STEM funding trends, and identifies grant recipients. In short – a great all around resource.
STEMfinity offers a wide variety of resources for STEM education at all levels and is broken down both by grade level and by discipline. While most of the site is focused on selling resources and kits for classrooms, they offer a very comprehensive page that lists STEM grants from federal and private sources.
Lockheed Martin is a huge company specializing global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technologies. They do some really cool stuff, and basically their entire future workforce depends on lots of students getting great STEM education. They currently have over 60,000 engineers and scientists working for them, and they want to bring the awesomeness of science to lots of students. They have a pretty robust community outreach portion of their business, which includes an initiative on STEM Education. They offer their own generous grants to fund STEM education outreach activities for students from elementary school through college.
The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Educational Foundation is a group “dedicated to providing educational incentives, opportunities and assistance for people engaged in information management, communications and intelligence efforts and fostering excellence in education particularly in the “hard science” disciplines related to C4ISR.”
They’re working to ensure that great STEM education is available for aspiring scientists, engineers, and technical personnel. Accordingly, they offer scholarships, training, and grants for related educational activities. The site requires a bit of browsing to find exactly what you’re looking for, but they also offer STEM teaching tools, an educational summit, and student groups as well as the scholarships and grants.