PHOENIX — Science Foundation Arizona has ended the year with another round of computer and science lab grants as part of the SFAz Rural and Remote Initiative. With $213,241 from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation, eight rural schools will implement a computer or science lab in memory of Joyce Marley Corrigan, one of the original board members.
Huachuca City School is one of eight in Arizona selected for funding and will use $13,330 to provide seventh and eighth grade students with a significantly more rigorous science curriculum.
Schools in rural communities were encouraged to submit a request for proposal to fund much needed technology upgrades for science and computer lab equipment and programs. SFAz received a total of 50 proposals, which then went through an external peer review process before final approval.
When SFAz conducted its Rural and Remote Education Needs Survey in May 2013, educators identified as a top priority the need to increase science and technology programs in schools.
As a result, the grants from SFAz will support improved technology for STEM programs in the eight rural schools. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their research and analytical capabilities, understand real-world field experiences, learn about future career opportunities in STEM fields and more importantly become excited of the possibilities tied to science and technology.
“By supporting computer and science labs in schools we can help close the impending skills gap which the nation currently faces,” John A. Kriekard, Director of Education for SFAz. “Students will have the opportunity to expand their STEMeducation and explore the endless career possibilities.”