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Oklahoma State University awarded $6M DOD grant to expand STEM education programs

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A six million greenback grant from the U.S. Department of Defense has been awarded to Oklahoma State University’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT).

The four-year grant introduced Monday will assist in the event of recent STEM education programs at faculties with economically deprived or underrepresented college students.

“The Department of Defense isn’t solely creating rising applied sciences but additionally investing within the STEM workforce pipeline, which is vital to the Department and our Nation’s safety,” mentioned Ms. Heidi Shyu, the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. “These acknowledged awardees are serving to to widen the pipeline of STEM expertise to be sure that the expertise is various, offering alternatives for college kids of all ages and educators of all grade ranges, together with these in underserved and underrepresented communities, military-connected college students, and veterans.”

OSU will scale up summer season and after college programs and trainer coaching at three public college districts close to Tinker Air Force Base: Mid-Del, Millwood and Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Dr. Jovette Dew, CEAT’s new director for Ok-12 programs, mentioned the objective is to create profession pathways in engineering and innovation.

“We need to be sure that our college students can see themselves in STEM careers after they develop up, and we wish them to know that good jobs are proper right here in Oklahoma and in our personal yard,” mentioned Dew.

Last yr, CEAT had greater than 900 college students attend their STEM summer season camps. With the grant, they hope that quantity balloons to 2,000 summer season camp attendees.

OSU and Harvard had been the one two universities to be funded on the highest stage of the STEM education grant.