STEM grant aids UH program to improve science education
HoustonWorks USA recently received a $1.6 million grant investment from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
The grant is to help fund the HoustonWorks USA Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Institute, which is designed to help the nation remain competitive in STEM education. The Institute will take on the issue through teacher training, advanced research in STEM-related fields and youth-focused programming.
“As the international economic climate continues to change, it is crucial for investments to be made in the minds of young people, their educators and the community at large,” said Larry V. Green, CEO of HoustonWorks USA in the press release. “Through the STEM Institute and its array of comprehensive programs, HoustonWorks USA is building a highly competitive future workforce.”
HoustonWorks USA STEM Institute programs include camps that engage students with hands-on activities and field trips, deepening their understanding and appreciation of STEM subjects in real world settings.
The 2011 STEM Youth Summer Programs will include STEM Acceleration, a four-week program for 100 local middle and high school students at the University of Houston and Texas Southern University. An additional 50 students will benefit from an engineering residential camp at Texas A&M University. Curricula and activities are relevant, connecting in-class experiences to the world beyond the classroom and the campus.
Founded in 1984, HoustonWorks USA is the leading provider of services focusing on job placement, continuing education and vocational training.