Rep. John Carter announces $1 million STEM-for-All Partnership grant
U.S. Rep. John Carter announced a $1 million grant to the Round Rock STEM-for-All Partnership (RRSAP) and Research Initiative during the STEM-For-All speaker series event at Texas State University's Round Rock Campus on April 19.
"Not only is STEM education incredibly important to our local workforce, it’s crucial for the U.S. to continue to compete on a global scale," said Rep. Carter. "I can think of no better partner than Texas State University to help grow the next generation of scientists, engineers and IT professionals for our community. I’m excited to see this funding return to our local campus and help inspire future generations, as well as support our educators."
The STEM-For-All speaker series presentation by Michael Mileski, associate professor in the School of Health Administration, "What Everyone Needs to Know About the Aging American Population," was held immediately following Rep. Carter’s announcement.
RRSAP is overseen by Leslie Huling, professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. RRSAP is a public/private initiative that will combine a workforce research initiative with a well-integrated portfolio of STEM engagement and educator professional development opportunities for learners of all ages in the Texas 31st Congressional District. Research data will be collected and analyzed from area employers and education providers concerning current and future workforce needs to identify gaps and to promote collaborative planning to better meet local needs. The STEM engagement and educator professional development collaborative includes summer engineering camps for elementary students, STEM internship programs for secondary students, monthly STEM nights at area schools, summer engineering institutes for pre-service teachers, Saturday teacher professional development sessions for K-12 teachers, a speaker series for the community and STEM exhibits and interactive activities at area community events.