Cantwell Announces $1.5 Million Grant for STEM Education in Central Kitsap School District Elementary Schools

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced that Central Kitsap School District (CKSD) will receive $1.5 million in federal funding for a STEM education project that will enable K-5 students in the district to explore and prepare for a variety of STEM careers. The project will involve all 12 of CKSD’s elementary schools.

“CKSD’s ‘Elementary STEM – Building the Foundation for our K-12 STEM Pathways’ project will focus on providing elementary students with a strong STEM education foundation, and the inspiration and opportunities needed to pursue STEM careers,” Senator Cantwell wrote in a letter of support for the grant in April. “The goal of the project is to engage students through real-world STEM learning opportunities and increase the number of students attaining technical credentials as well as two-year and four-year STEM degrees.”

Grant resources will be utilized to research, select and develop STEM pathways and courses; recruit, train and prepare teachers to effectively teach these courses; provide the key start-up supplies and curriculum needed to effectively run these courses, and provide opportunities for both teachers and students to explore and experience real- world STEM fields. The funding comes from the Department of Defense (DOD)’s Military Connected Local Educational Agencies for Academic and Support Programs (MCASP) grant program.