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Military-connected grant to foster STEM learning

Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD is the recipient of an innovative STEMKAMP (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics for Kids of Active Military Personnel) grant, as part of a Department of Defense allocation, which will provide a weeklong summer camp designed around hands-on experiences in STEM-Related fields. Only ten military-connected school districts were chosen to receive funding for the grant. 

With this partnership, SCUC ISD will be able to offer the summer camp for three years to approximately 75-150 eligible third through eighth graders each year, staffed by district teachers and staff who will be fully trained and paid for by the grant. All supplies for the week and funds for a field trip are also included in the allocation. The camps will offer hands-on learning experiences and exposure for STEM-related fields, and opportunities for students to practice critical thinking, problem solving, laboratory skills and higher-order thinking skills. 

SCUC ISD Trustees approved the motion to finalize the agreement with Goshen Education Consulting, Inc. at the regular meeting held on December 15th. As part of the agreement, SCUC ISD will work to develop partnerships with local STEM-based organizations and businesses to continue the program after the grant ends. 

According to Goshen Education Consulting, Inc., collaborating with iBIO, created the program, “…based on published research data showing that students who express an early interest (by eighth grade) in pursuing a STEM career are two to three times more likely to graduate with a STEM college degree.” 

Once the grant ends, SCUC hopes to continue the camp with the help of area STEM related businesses and organizations.