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School STEAM Grant Program (Illinois)
B - Readily funds technology as part of an award
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
The School STEAM Grant Program is intended to make science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) programming available to low-income students in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Grant recipients shall use the funds to either conduct or contract with a third party to conduct programming for K12 learners that encourages and promotes career opportunities and skill attainment in STEAM fields.
Priority given to programs that provide hands-on experiences and/or programs that focus on encouraging young women to enter into STEAM fields.
The state encourages eligible schools to partner with their district, Regional Office of Education (ROE), Education for Employment (EFE) System, Intermediate Service Center (ISC), other local schools/districts, or local institutions of higher education and businesses to create a collaborative partnership or consortium that can assist in the development of and supports STEAM education. Partnership roles should be clearly defined. The consortium application should be considered by districts seeking to build program capacity, strengthen and create a network of community supports for STEAM learning, increase equity and outreach in STEAM programming for disadvantaged students, and build long-term program sustainability.
- Increase schools' capacity to support STEAM instruction and student participation, especially among low income students in disadvantaged neighborhoods and/or encourage young women to consider STEAM careers.
- Build the capacity of teachers to offer and support STEAM instruction and student participation in STEAM education.
- Support K-12 student development of key knowledge and skills that underpin STEAM programs to promote and encourage future participation in STEAM careers.
- Increase the integration of STEAM learning environments and activities into the school curriculum that foster and promote positive development of skills necessary for collaboration, creativity and design, problem-solving, open inquiry, experimentation, and communication
History of Funding
None is available.
- Teacher stipends to plan and deliver STEAM programs, pathways, career exploration, or other STEAM activities that align with grant and program objectives.
- Professional learning for educators to implement STEAM programs. This may include partnerships with local ROEs, EFEs, ISCs, businesses, higher education, or other educational partners.
- Supplies for students, such as STEAM kits or software to achieve planned learning outcomes.
- Resources for educators and/or students to implement and support the STEAM program.
- Contracts with third-party vendors to supply STEAM educational programming.
Public schools*, charter schools, area vocational centers, and laboratory schools in which the percentage of students classified as low income exceeds the state average during the 2019-20 school year as indicated on the Illinois School Report Card. A list of eligible schools (districts) can be accessed here: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/STEAM-Eligible-Districts.pdf
*Districts may submit applications on behalf of schools.
Proposals can be submitted electronically through the ISBE Attachment Manager no later than 4 p.m. on June 14, 2021. Late proposals will not be accepted. A similar deadline is anticipated, annually.
Awarded applications with an approvable budget are eligible to receive up to $350,000. Awards will be determined based on the final application score inclusive of points based on a district's final Evidence-Based Funding (EBF) FY 2020 Percent of Adequacy Calculation. A district's EBF Percent of Adequacy can be found at https://www.isbe.net/Pages/ebfdistribution.aspx.
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