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KIPP wins a grant for STEM education

LYNN — KIPP Massachusetts received a grant to offer science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs from Project Lead The Way (PLTW).

The project is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers through pathways in computer science, engineering and biomedical science. More than 10,500 schools across the country offer PLTW programs to millions of students.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to our students. To fulfill our mission of preparing students for choice-filled lives, we must ensure that they have access to STEM-related fields in college and beyond. Implementing a three-year PLTW Engineering course pathway at our high school will be a critical step forward,” said Jay Galbraith, KIPP Massachusetts 5-12 Science Achievement Leader.

KIPP Massachusetts is just one of 73 schools across the commonwealth to receive the grant, which is supported by the Administration of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, the One8 Foundation, and Mass STEM Hub.

“It is essential that we engage our students throughout their K-12 school years with hands-on lessons in science, engineering, computer science, technology and math,” said Polito.

KIPP Massachusetts will use grant funds to introduce its PLTW program with PLTW Engineering. Funds from the grant will also support teacher professional development and the purchase of materials and equipment that will be used in the hands-on, activity-, project-, and problem-based courses.

“We are proud to partner with KIPP Massachusetts to empower students to develop the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills to thrive in our evolving world,” said Vince Bertram, PLTW president and CEO. “Thank you to the Governor’s Office, the One8 Foundation, and Mass STEM Hub for making these grants possible and further investing in Massachusetts’ students.”

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