Department of Defense awards HCS $750,000 for STEM education

Dr. Robert Corbin, Discovery Education educational consultant, gives the keynote speech during dinner Wednesday. It was announced that the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity awarded $750,000 to Hardin County Schools.

The U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity awarded a $750,000 grant to Hardin County Schools.

The purpose of the grant is to provide college and career-ready resources necessary to expand STEM programming. HCS staff members met for dinner at the Early College and Career Center where the grant was announced.

Grant money will be divided across four schools to provide training and materials for a problem-based learning initiative at Meadow View Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School, North Middle School and James T. Alton Middle School. Those in the district that are interested in the funds can apply for it.

Superintendent Teresa Morgan said part of the grant requires there to be a certain military presence within the district.

“Fort Knox being a very close … involved base here is really important not just to our community, but to our schools,” Morgan said.

With the grant, the district is partnering with Discovery Education, which provides various STEM-related educational resources to schools. Staff members listened and participated in keynote speeches pertaining to STEM education, including Dr. Robert Corbin, Discovery Education educational consultant.

The release said the DoDEA awarded $22 million across 21 grants, which will serve more than 100,000 students across 13 states.

“The armed forces make a tremendous daily impact on our schools and community. This investment from DoDEA ensures that it believes in our mission and wants to increase high-quality instructional strategies in our district’s internationally acclaimed STEM pathways,” Morgan said in a news release.

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