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Grant Recipient: Albright College
Grant Program Name: Albright College and Science Research Institute STEM Education Partnership
Grant Program Description: Albright College is collaborating with the non-profit organization Science Research Institute (SRI) to implement an innovative STEM program for underserved student and educator populations. The program will provide summer and afterschool STEM research at Albright College labs for Reading-area 5th-12th grade students and educators, and students will have access to legal counsel through program partners for any IP they develop in the college's lab.
Grant Amount: $499,711.00
Grant Recipient: Allegheny County Library Association
Grant Program Name: From Incubator to Launch: Co-Creating a CS Ecosystem
Grant Program Description: This initiative develops a computer science ecosystem, connecting out-of-school providers with school-based providers, and leveraging libraries, city parks, and out of school time to build learners' skills and educator capacity in computer science.
Grant Amount: $499,044.00
Grant Recipient: Allegheny Intermediate Unit
Grant Program Name: Diversifying CS Education in PA Through Rural and EL Equity
Grant Program Description: Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) will collaborate with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and a network of Intermediate Units across PA to increase the capacity and number of educators implementing computer science (CS), with a focus on equity, using CMU’s forever-free, world-class, online, interactive high school CS curriculum: CS Academy. The project will expand CS Academy curriculum for Spanish-speaking students and teachers and those in underrepresented and underserved populations.
Grant Amount: $474,741.00
Grant Recipient: Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8
Grant Program Name: Rural Access and Equity Partnership for CS/STEM
Grant Program Description: This project increases the capacity of Appalachia Intermediate Unit's Lending and Resource Center by developing online training and resources in STEM for educators and students, particularly female students. IU8 Center staff will lead a team of teachers and librarians in developing an online option with virtual supports for borrowers of materials to meet training requirements for effective use. The team also integrates videos and technician job profiles into training and supports. Partners use their communication outlets to promote use of Center materials and gender equity in CS/STEM.
Grant Amount: $414,358.00
Grant Recipient: Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania
Grant Program Name: Wesern Pennsylvania AI Pathways Institute and Teen Accelerator by Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania, Will Allen Foundation and Clairton City School District
Grant Program Description: This program will offer a summer introductory program to artificial intelligence (AI) to students from underserved populations in western PA, helping them earn microcredentials from Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy for a pre-apprentice certificate in two occupations.
Grant Amount: $495,950.00
Grant Recipient: Bucks County Intermediate Unit
Grant Program Name: Mobile Fab Lab Expansion Project
Grant Program Description: The Bucks Intermediate Unit's Mobile Fab Lab (MFL) launched in September 2019 as a funded project of the first round of PAsmart. The MFL is a transit van that carries specially fabricated carts that house a CNC Router, Laser Cutter/ Engraver and air filter, 3D printers, and assorted computer science (CS) equipment. This project will expand teacher professional development, and will expand the reach of the Mobile Fab Lab to county public libraries and to the county's school districts with the greatest populations of homeless students and low-income families.
Grant Amount: $150,000.00
Grant Recipient: Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit
Grant Program Name: Computer Science Support for Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics for Growth II (CS SYSTEM for Growth II)
Grant Program Description: "CS SYSTEM for Growth II" will continue to develop and expand a sustainable computer science and STEM pipeline, focusing services on underserved students in Northumberland County, especially students from low-income families, students with disabilities, and female students.
Grant Amount: $500,000.00
Grant Recipient: Chester County Economic Development Council
Grant Program Name: First Generation STEM Alliance
Grant Program Description: The Chester County Economic Development Council is partnering with the Chester County Intermediate Unit, Coatsville Area School District, and Oxford Area School District to launch the First Generation STEM Academy for English learners and students who are first in their family to explore STEM careers.
Grant Amount: $489,400.00
Grant Recipient: Cranberry Area School District
Grant Program Name: PA Rural Robotics Initiative
Grant Program Description: STEM education is the vehicle to turn the "Rust Belt into the Smart Belt" in this rural robotics program that utilizes Carnegie Mellon University STEM professional development and resources.
Grant Amount: $ 499,650.00
Grant Recipient: East Allegheny School District
Grant Program Name: Expanding East Allegheny's CS and STEM Ecosystem
Grant Program Description: This initiative aims to close achievement gaps for low-income, minority, and female students by incorporating CS and STEM resources, programs, and curricula into K-12 education. East Allegheny and Duquesne City School Districts, together with local partners, are building on a 2018-19 Partnership Project funded through PAsmart by expanding and deepening a CS/STEM ecosystem in the school districts and community.
Grant Amount: $500,000.00
Grant Recipient: Erie RISE Leadership Academy Charter School
Grant Program Name: Erie Rise Charter Advancing Students through Technology Initiative
Grant Program Description: This project will strengthen pathways for low-income and minority students into computer science, coding, and robotics careers by introducing coding and robotics to Erie charter school students in grades 6-8, with relevant professional development for teachers.
Grant Amount: $237,909.00
Grant Recipient: Johnson College
Grant Program Name: Advancing Computer Science in Northeastern PA Program
Grant Program Description: In partnership with a local school district, Johnson College will reach students who do not have access to CS, advancing computer science to underserved families in Northeastern PA and awarding college credits when students complete the 8-week program.
Grant Amount: $136,000.00
Grant Recipient: Keystone College
Grant Program Name: The Keystone Workforce: Today's Youth in Tomorrow's STEM Careers
Grant Program Description: This initiative will provide a framework of mentorship of 4th-12th grade students from college faculty and undergraduate students, with hands-on learning, expanded STEM curriculum, credential programs, certifications, and undergraduate courses.
Grant Amount: $378,150.00
Grant Recipient: La Salle University
Grant Program Name: Communities of Learners: Exploring STEM-C
Grant Program Description: The "Communities of Learners: Exploring STEM-Careers" (STEM-C) program will leverage the community’s funds of knowledge across the STEM sectors to increase STEM-C engagement and foster workforce development for K-8 students, prospective STEM teachers, and in-service STEM teachers through environmentally-focused, problem-based, career-aligned learning experiences. Through participation in a summer STEM-C enrichment camp and ongoing in-school learning experiences, K-8 students from historically under-represented and under-served communities and their families from the Northwest Philadelphia area will solve problems relevant to the community while making connections to STEM workforce opportunities.
Grant Amount: $124,949.00
Grant Recipient: Laurel Highlands School District
Grant Program Name: LHU Stem Project
Grant Program Description: This collaboration between Laurel Highlands School District and Uniontown Area School District will develop an ecosystem of STEM opportunities for their learners at all levels, including high school STEM labs and experiences in each district, shared professional development opportunities, and a shared mobile STEM lab for grades K-8 for both school and community engagement.
Grant Amount: $497,472.00
Grant Recipient: Lebanon School District
Grant Program Name: Lebanon School District STEM Pathways Initiative
Grant Program Description: Through partnerships with Elizabethtown College and Harrisburg University, the STEM Pathways Initiative will provide students in Lebanon School District opportunities to engage with STEM and CS concepts and courses, earn college credit and entry-level industry certificates, and build skills and interests relevant to the 21st century workforce.
Grant Amount: $499,399.00
Grant Recipient: Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18
Grant Program Name: Carbon-Schuylkill-Luzerne (CSL) STEM Ecosystem
Grant Program Description: This initiative builds an ecosystem with 38 school districts to promote CS and STEM education. The partners are cultivating a regional approach to hands-on, inquiry-based CS/STEM education by developing a "Model Makerspace Roadmap," establishing 11 model CS and STEM makerspaces that can serve as spaces for teacher professional development.
Grant Amount: $500,000.00
Grant Recipient: Montgomery County Community College
Grant Program Name: Challenger Learning Center of Montgomery County Community College
Grant Program Description: Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) and partners will establish the MCCC West Campus Challenger Learning Center, the first of its kind in the state. Focused on inspiring and engaging students in grades 5-8, the Center will serve as a regional hub of innovative STEM learning experiences where students of all backgrounds embark on simulated space missions, working together to run hands-on experiments and solve tough problems.
Grant Amount: $500,000.00
Grant Recipient: Pittsburgh Chapter National Tooling & Machining Foundation
Grant Program Name: BotsIQ Cobot Challenge: Expanding Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Opportunities to Middle Schools
Grant Program Description: This project builds a colllaborative robot-building challenge for middle school students.
Grant Amount: $499,593.00
Grant Recipient: School District of Pittsburgh
Grant Program Name: PPS PASmart: A PreK-12 Vertical Approach to Holistic Learning
Grant Program Description: In partnership with Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Pittsburgh Public Schools will launch a 16-school pilot program to bring vertically aligned computer science coursework to K-12 students.
Grant Amount: $479,202.00
Grant Recipient: Spring Cove School District
Grant Program Name: PAsmart Rural Community Advancement Partnership
Grant Program Description: The project will expand access to CS/STEM education in K-12 and pre-school environments, and provide more Project Lead the Way course modules for rural students in Central Pennsylvania schools.
Grant Amount: $500,000.00
Grant Recipient: Temple University / Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative
Grant Program Name: North Philadelphia STEM Scholars Collaborative (NPSSC)
Grant Program Description: This project is a pre-apprenticeship pilot program, enabling Philadelphia students to earn certifications in programming. It also will create an open access curriculum library for School District of Philadelphia educators as well as workforce development and literacy providers serving adult learners.
Grant Amount: $500,000.00
Grant Recipient: The Emerald Foundation
Grant Program Name: Promoting Inclusion and Career Readiness through Scholastic Esports Expansion (PICRSEE)
Grant Program Description: This project leverages the rapid growth of scholastic e-sports in PA to increase student participation in relevant, game-related career-readiness activities.
Grant Amount: $499,352.00
Grant Recipient: The Philadelphia Education Fund
Grant Program Name: Explore STEM Philly and Explore STEM Chester County
Grant Program Description: This collaborative brings industry professionals together with classroom educators to build STEM learning and STEM career exploration for undeserved learners. The project will expand access to STEM education and career awareness opportunities for students and teachers.
Grant Amount: $264,352.00
Grant Recipient: University City Science Center
Grant Program Name: FirstHand STEM Partnership for Inclusion and Regional Equity (STEMPIRE)
Grant Program Description: This project leverages the University City Science Center's extensive network of industry partners to provide immersive, inquiry-based learning experiences for middle school students from under-resourced schools in Philadelphia, while using a student-centered mentorship model.
Grant Amount: $187,924.00
Grant Recipient: West Chester University of PA
Grant Program Name: STEM Education for Sustainability – Linking Schools and Communities
Grant Program Description: This initiative will build on the National Science Foundation-funded Education for Sustainability Philly Teacher Leadership program. The goal is to expand student access and engagement in sustainable or "green" STEM through teacher development, and engage students in creating a sustainable Philadelphia. The program links classroom learning to civic action and green STEM careers.
Grant Amount: $499,860.00