The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is pleased to announce the launch of the fifth round of the STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program, which awards public high schools and middle schools grants that enable the purchase of equipment and supplies. The program also seeks to increase student achievement and student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), as well as support the implementation of state STEM standards. The program has previously awarded more than $12 million to high schools and middle schools throughout Massachusetts and leveraged more than $1 million in matching funds from the life sciences industry.
Applicants must request funding to purchase equipment and/or supplies to support STEM education that prepares students with the skills needed for future employment in the life sciences. The “life sciences” are defined in the MLSC’s enabling legislation as “advanced and applied sciences that expand the understanding of human physiology and have the potential to lead to medical advances or therapeutic applications.” Requested equipment and/or supplies must be used to support science (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics), technology (e.g. robotics, computer science, etc.), engineering, and/or math education and training.
High school applicants can request grant funding of up to $100,000; or up to $250,000 provided that any amount over $100,000 is matched one-for-one by an industry partner that supports the training program for which the equipment and supplies are needed. Middle school applicants can request grant funding of up to $50,000.
New this year, the program offers additional funding of up to $10,000 for teacher professional development to ensure that all recipient schools have teachers that are trained to use the equipment and have access to relevant curricula that deploys the equipment in labs and activities that support learning goals throughout the academic year.
Applications must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. on October 6, 2016.