Battelle and FCPS Award $50,000 in STEM Challenge Grants

Battelle and FCPS Award $50,000 in STEM Challenge Grants

At yesterday's Board of Education meeting, the Battelle National Biodefense Institute and Frederick County Public Schools awarded $50,000 in science, technology, engineering and math challenge grants. 

During the month-long open competition, teachers from 21 elementary, middle and high schools developed and submitted 26 STEM grant proposals. Of the 26, 11 were selected as winners. Each of the 11 selected projects will receive between $1,869 and $5,000, based on their proposed budgets.

“FCPS students and teachers are passionate about STEM education. You can see that so clearly in the creativity of this year’s winning proposals,” said FCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban. “I’m so proud of our winners, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this year’s projects will impact STEM education across Frederick County.”

Seven of the winning grant applications came from elementary schools; one from a middle school; and three from high schools. The 11 winning proposals came from the following 10 schools: Ballenger Creek Elementary, Ballenger Creek Middle, Hillcrest Elementary, Middletown Elementary, Monocacy Elementary (2), Oakdale High, Rock Creek School, Thurmont Elementary, Thurmont Primary, and Tuscarora High.

“Over the last ten years we’ve supported a lot of great programs with FCPS,” said BNBI President, Dr. George Korch. “But this one, that allows teachers to tell us what they need, really defines our STEM partnership.”

The FCPS/BNBI STEM partnership was established in 2009 with the long-term goal of getting more students interested in and better prepared to major in math, the hard sciences or engineering in college. Since its inception BNBI has directly gifted $433,000 to FCPS, and BNBI staff has committed thousands of hours of time to assisting curricula development, classroom instruction, and outside of the classroom STEM activities.

The Battelle National Biodefense Institute, LLC is a non-profit Maryland company. BNBI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Battelle. Since 2006 BNBI has operated and managed the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center, located on Fort Detrick, for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate as a Federally Funded Research and Development Center.