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BIG NEWS FOR RURAL STEM IN 2017
Research shows rural school grads are less likely than non-rural peers to have completed high school science classes, and that many rural schools struggle to attract and retain science teachers, resulting in less STEM-focused education.*
Through a grant to Project Lead The Way (PLTW) we aim to change that. Astellas USA Foundation will provide funds for much-needed support to rural teachers in their efforts to inspire future scientists. Through teacher training and creating exciting hands-on learning opportunities, we seek to spark big thinkers in the classroom and in the community. Our funding for PLTW programming aims to help educate, inspire and empower career- and college-bound students, ultimately enhancing the economic well-being of all kids and all communities.
SPARK EDUCATION, INSPIRATION & EMPOWERMENT
FACT: In 2009, 20 percent of rural high school grads took biology, chemistry and physics compared to 32 percent in city schools and 39 percent in suburban schools. Why? Many rural schools struggle to attract and retain STEM teachers.*
*Original source: National Center for Education Statistics “The Condition of Education” (2014)