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Deming New Mexico Public Schools Seek Funding for STEM Boost

While President Obama’s $4 billion edtech plan is looking to level the playing field for schools nationwide, some are still looking for added funding to boost their STEM programs. The Deming Public Schools district is just one of the districts who are applying for grants that will help fund an after-school STEM program.

“We are partnering with the New Mexico State University STEM Outreach Center to provide a more rigorous after-school program to students in grades K-12,” said Fred Parker, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, according to the Deming Headlight.

The STEM push is forcing schools to seek funding from wherever they can in order to make sure their students have equal opportunities to learn. According to the report, Deming has been working towards after-school programs for their students for about four years and is hoping that the grant comes in time for the new school year.

“We have had a good after-school program; however, our plan with the 21st CCLC grant is to take the after-school program to a higher level through a partnership with NMSU,” Parker said, according to the report.

“The federally-stated goals for the 21st CCLC program is to ‘support student academic growth in meeting the Common Core State Standards in core academic subjects, such as language arts and mathematics.’”

Programs like SEMAA (Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy), DiMA (Digital Media Academy), Reader’s Theater, and AfterMath seem to be popular targets for the funding. All of these are heavily rooted in STEM curriculum. The district’s application will be reviewed and answered by March 25, at which point they will be asked to wait an additional time period until April 19 for their grant offers.

The application may seem complicated, but for school districts like Deming, they can make all the difference in the way students absorb the STEM curriculum. These programs also prevent students from lagging behind their inevitable competition nationwide.

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor

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