Hardin County Schools has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).
The grant will provide Hardin County Schools with college and career-ready resources necessary to successfully expand HCS STEM programming.
“We are extremely thankful to DoDEA for selecting our schools for this grant,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “The armed forces make a tremendous daily impact on our schools and community. This investment from DoDEA ensures that it believes in our mission and wants to increase high-quality instructional strategies in our district’s internationally acclaimed STEM pathways.”
HCS will use the funds to provide training and materials for Problem Based Learning at Meadow View Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School, North Middle School and James T. Alton Middle School.
“Students will have the opportunity to gain experience through real-world scenarios,” Morgan added. “Our staff will gain additional training about dynamic and ever-changing STEM career fields. Therefore, our students will have an upper hand in the competitive global marketplace upon graduation. Our instructional staff has seen the excitement our students exude when learning about STEM strategies. This grant will only enhance that excitement.”
According to the Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education of the National Science and Technology Council, it is critical to our national security that our students spark interest in critical and fast-growing careers in STEM.
The DoDEA awarded $22 million across 21 grants as part of its 2020 Cohort. These grants will serve more than 100,000 students across 13 states. DoDEA's Education Partnership and Resources division strives to ensure all military-connected K-12 students have access to quality educational opportunities through engagement in partnerships with school districts and professional organizations. The division provides school personnel and stakeholders with evidence-based resources and supports to increase understanding and awareness related to the unique challenges faced by military-connected students and families.
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a field activity of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. DoDEA's mission is to plan, direct, coordinate, and manage the education programs for eligible dependents of U.S. military personnel and civilian personnel of the Department of Defense. The DoDEA has congressional authority to provide resources to public schools to support the continuity of education for military-connected students through a competitive grant program. DoDEA’s vision of “Excellence in education for every student, every day, everywhere” is realized through this partnership with public school districts.