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Middle School STEM Gets $12 Million NSF Infusion

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The U.S. National Science Foundation's Math and Science Partnership Program recently gave a nearly $12 million, five-year grant to northern California middle schools to implement a program for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education that could serve as a national model for underserved students to pursue STEM subjects in higher education.

Researchers at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) will work with the Alameda County Office of Education to develop the San Francisco Bay-Integrated Middle School Science Project, which will target middle schools serving large populations of low-income and traditionally underrepresented ethnic groups. CSUEB will provide faculty-developed STEM materials and will integrate technology-delivered, real-time data from a range of government agencies. "This is all in the public domain, and can help in making science current, interesting, and relevant to the students," says CSUEB professor Jeffery Seitz.

The project also will focus on teacher preparation. CSEUB says the program will reach 68,000 students.

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