According to the 2011 National Survey on STEM education, STEM educators reported a lack of funding and professional development for teachers as the two major barriers to the realization of 21st century classrooms. Due to the growing need for quality STEM training and material many education grant sources are placing STEM education as a top priority at all grade levels.
STEM education grants work to attract and retain students in STEM disciplines, strengthen the STEM workforce pipeline, improve performance in STEM disciplines, and attract women and minorities into STEM programs. There are a variety of federal and private foundation grants out there, as well as many resources that help educators prepare grant applications. Here is a list of resources that provide STEM grant information and funding opportunities:
These are just a few of the resources out there, and numerous other resources can be found to find grant opportunities. Many grant applications go through a selection process in which program goals, sustainability, improvement in academic performance, and program design are looked at to determine if a grant is allocated or not. Grants are a great way for a state/district/school to get funding for STEM materials and teacher development. STEM education grants will prove to be important in furthering 21st century skills and careers.