New Hope-Solebury School District has been awarded a $35,000 grant from PAsmart to enhance computer science programs at all grade levels and increase opportunities for students to participate in robotics education at the secondary level.
Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative aims to prepare students with skills required for in-demand jobs, focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs and teacher training. New Hope-Solebury is one of 162 school districts across Pennsylvania to be awarded the grants.
“We are excited to be a recipient of this grant because it will allow us to expand our initiatives in STEM throughout the school district,” said Dr. Charles Lentz, Superintendent of New Hope-Solebury School District. “We are planning to increase our faculty training in the area of computer science which can enhance our student learning in STEM areas,”
“We are also looking to integrate computer science across various subject areas and grade levels to expose our students to computational thinking and minimize barriers of access to computer science programming,” Lentz continued. “This grant will be instrumental in allowing us to offer more comprehensive STEM activities throughout our school district.”
“The importance of STEM education is only increasing,” said State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10). “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.”