$10 million in PAsmart grants available to advance science and technology education

Education Secretary Dr. Noe Ortega has announced that up to $10 million in PAsmart grants are available to prepare students for the fast-growing fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and computer science (CS).

“PAsmart strategically invests in science and technology education so that students learn the skills they need for the workforce,” Secretary Ortega said. “These grants encourage partnerships between schools and businesses to focus on the skills students will need in rapidly growing tech industries.”

Governor Wolf launched PAsmart in 2018 and the administration has distributed nearly $60 million statewide to support STEM and computer science education in hundreds of schools and expand skills training through recorded apprenticeships and industrial partnerships.

Pennsylvania remains a leader in STEM education. Grants support high-quality STEM and computer science learning and professional development opportunities for Pennsylvania communities, including early learning centers, libraries, after-school time providers, educational centers vocational and technical, post-secondary institutions and K-12 schools.

PAsmart Advancing grants of up to $500,000 each support cross-industry partnerships that deliver quality STEM and CS experiences to learners of all ages – early childhood, K-12, post-secondary, and adult learners – through high-level strategic approaches to workforce readiness .

Grants enable regions to expand STEM ecosystems; increase partnerships between local education agencies, post-secondary institutions and businesses; expand CS/STEM opportunities to historically underserved populations; and expand the pool of CS/STEM educators at all levels of education.

Applications for advanced grants should be submitted to PDE by Monday, March 21, 2022.