STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program
The STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program enables the purchase of equipment and supplies for high schools and middle schools in the Commonwealth in order to train students in life sciences technology and research, as well as addresses a funding gap in capital dollars for public and not-for-profit workforce training and educational institutions. The program also seeks to increase student achievement and student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), as well as support the implementation of state STEM standards.
The program also offers funding for teacher professional development to ensure that all recipient schools have teachers that are trained to use the equipment and have access to relevant curricula that deploys the equipment in labs and activities that support learning goals throughout the academic year.
To date, the program has awarded over $16.3 million to 149 high schools, middle schools, and organizations throughout Massachusetts. The program has thus far leveraged more than $1 million in cash and in-kind matching funds from industry partners, some of which included Amgen, Dynisco Instruments, EMD Serono, GE, Life Technologies, MassBio, Merck, Shire Human Genetic Therapies, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
In 2011, the first round of the program, the MLSC awarded grants to 18 high schools and a grant to the MassBioEd Foundation, which supported 11 high schools. Awards for this round totaled over $1,890,893.
In 2012, the MLSC awarded grants to 32 applicants totaling $3,228,203. Grant recipients included vocational technical high schools and public high schools in “Gateway Cities”, as well as two workforce training programs supporting 16 high schools.
In 2013, the MLSC awarded grants to 35 applicants totaling $3,272,861. Grant recipients included vocational technical high schools, public high schools in “Gateway Cities”, and two workforce training programs supporting 17 additional high schools.
In 2014, the MLSC awarded grants to 44 applicants totaling $3,774,535. Grant recipients included 40 high schools, 29 middle schools, and one maker space.
In 2016. the MLSC awarded grants to 49 applicants totaling $4 million for equipment and supplies, as well as nearly $400,000 for teacher professional development. Grant recipients included 44 high schools, 36 middle schools.