Pennsbury Receives $35,000 For STEM Programs

Pennsbury Faculty members learn the fundamentals of SPARK. Photo via Pennsbury School District.

The Pennsbury School District has received $35,000 from the state for use in STEM programs and teacher training.

Pennsbury launched its SPARK program at elementary schools last fall. Now, it can start Project Lead the Way for middle schoolers. 

“This grant will provide the opportunity for students to continue to develop age appropriate STEM skills in middle school before they have the opportunity to take courses such as Robotics & Coding, Engineering and Product Design at Pennsbury High School,” said Jessica Perfetto, Applied Engineering and Technology Education District Curriculum Coordinator at Pennsbury High School West.

State Senator Steve Santarsiero announced the funding Thursday.

“The importance of STEM education is only increasing,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “It is estimated that over the next decade, more than 70 percent of new jobs in Pennsylvania will be in STEM-related fields. I’m proud of the work our school districts are doing to prepare students for the future job market.”

The grant comes through the PA Smart initiative, with more information available here.