CA-STEM Grades K-12
For years, the Colorado School of Mines through CA-STEM has been supporting grade K-12 outreach programs funded by a number of National Science Foundation (NSF) and private grants. These programs have provided the opportunity for elementary, middle school and high school teachers and students to be immersed in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). These programs seek to excite young students and encourage older students to enter the STEM fields.
Through a $2.5 million grant from the S. D. Bechtel Jr. Bechtel Foundation in 2008, a 3-year Colorado Department of Education grant to Adams County School District 50 and an ExxonMobil distant learning grant, CSM faculty and graduate students have been directly assisting grade K-8 teachers as they implement scientifically and mathematically rich, hands-on instruction at the elementary and middle school level. Colorado public school teachers from Aurora, Adams County District 50, Adams County District 12 and Meeker have participated.
In 2014, K-12 teachers from Denver Public Schools (DPS) and K-8 teachers from Englewood Public Schools joined the program. These additions were supported by two new grants, one from DPS for high school and one from the Stephen M. Seay Foundation for middle school. By completing the K-12 pipeline in DPS, we now offer programs which include DPS elementary, middle, and high school teachers and students. Serving the entire pipeline allows us to recruit students to STEM courses early and to encourage them to continue STEM courses through middle school and high school.