Science Center of Iowa receives $10,000 grant for stem professional development program

The Science Center of Iowa (SCI) announced this week that it received a grant for $10,000 from Bayer Fund, which will be used to in the creation of ‘Making Tech Connections,’ a professional development program that equips teachers with tools to help their students develop 21st Century employment skills in computing, algorithms and programming.

“Teachers have been asking for new activities related to technology that would help prepare their students for new and emerging job opportunities,” said Renee Harmon, SCI’s Vice President of Science Learning.

Making Tech Connections also will show educators how to incorporate liberal arts competencies into STEM education while growing their own confidence with computational thinking. Program activities will help students to think critically, imaginatively frame questions and consider multiple perspectives.

“This grant will not only provide support to our organization but also the community we serve by allowing us to develop training that provides teachers with materials, tools and a curriculum that will engage their students in high-tech and low-tech learning principles.”

In 2020, Bayer Fund awarded more than $17 million to more than 3,400 charitable and nonprofit organizations to help address essential needs in food and nutrition, STEM education and community development.

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