The Burkburnett ISD recently received a $ 750,000 grant from the US Department of Defense Education Activity.
The funds will be used to expand science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.
Arousing children’s interest in STEM careers is seen as a critical part of national security, according to the STEM Education Committee of the National Science and Technology Council.
This grant will help BISD provide college-ready and career-ready resources to K-12 students and expand the district’s STEM program by offering a biomedical pathway.
“Receiving this grant from DoDEA will allow BISD to implement a biomedical program that will provide opportunities that will benefit all students. The inclusion of this biomedical program in BISD will serve as another educational avenue that our students will be introduced to so that they can find their true passion in life, ”said Dr. Brad Owen, Superintendent of Burkburnett ISD.
The Health SySTEMS program will take place at five IBSD campuses.
“Through Project Lead the Way (PLTW), students will experience authentic, work-based learning activities that inspire them to explore the health sciences. Healthy SySTEMs begins in PreK with surveys of body functions and culminates in high school with the opportunity for students to act as medical investigators, surgeons and biomedical engineers, ”a statement from BISD said.
The program will be implemented from the 2022-2023 school year.
DoDEA has awarded $ 22 million out of 21 grants across the country for the year 2020.
DoDEA’s Education Partnerships and Resources Division ensures that military-related students have access to quality educational opportunities.