MACU awarded STEM distance learning grant to benefit three rural Oklahoma school districts
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Mid-America Christian University has been awarded a $242,714 grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to benefit STEM education in three rural Oklahoma school districts.
The grant is a part of the MACU’s Access to Online Math and Science (ATOMS) rural development project. ATOMS seeks to improve teaching, learning and the self-efficacy of students and teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Funding from this program will enable MACU to provide STEM distance education resources to three rural Oklahoma school districts: Alex Public Schools, Peggs Public Schools and Stilwell Public Schools.
MACU President Dr. John Fozard was notified of the award by U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore.
“Mid-America Christian University is pleased to be at the forefront of distance learning, especially in the fields of math and science. The ATOMS project will enable us to improve the quality of STEM teaching and learning for teachers and students in grades 3-6,” Fozard said.
“The project provides a national model for increasing interest in the STEM fields for economically and racially diverse student populations.”
Fozard said MACU is excited to offer these services to an underserved population.
“This project could not have been made possible without the support of Congressman Cole and Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, who supported us throughout the process. We appreciate their leadership on STEM education.”
The project provides funding for telecommunications technology, including iPads, Smartboards and other equipment for real-time connectivity with the schools. These resources would not be possible without the support of the USDA program, which fills a critical gap for teachers in the participating school systems. Using video conferencing technology, MACU will deliver subject content for teachers and students through live, synchronous interactions with district teachers and students.
The superintendents of the three districts receiving funding expressed their excitement to expand STEM offerings through the new partnership with MACU.
“At Alex, our school’s mission is to create life-ready graduates,” said Dr. Jason James, Alex School superintendent. “Partnering with MACU will allow for the addition of more STEM education opportunities for our elementary students.”
James said this not only helps the district achieve its mission of preparing a new generation for success in their future careers, but provides students with the 21st century skills and experiences they will need to be successful in a global economy and job market.
Dr. John Cox, Peggs School superintendent, said the district is excited for the wider variety of STEM curriculum that will be available to their students.
“Partnering with MACU to provide cutting edge instruction in science, technology and mathematics will make a lasting impact on our students, teachers and community,” Cox said.
“We are very thankful for the technological resources that this grant opportunity will provide for our school.”
Due to the challenges of providing quality STEM programs in rural Oklahoma communities, Stilwell Public Schools Superintendent Geri Gilstrap said the partnership will give students opportunities that would otherwise go unrealized.
“Setting strategic goals for high quality curriculum and professional development in the areas of math and science is key to developing academic success for our students,” Gilstrap said.
“We thank MACU for including Stilwell Public Schools as a partner in such an exciting endeavor that will no doubt strengthen the academic success of our students.”
MACU is committed to remaining an innovative leader in distance education within the STEM field, with a thriving biology program entering its third year. MACU also offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in teacher education, including the new Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and the Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration.
This article is sponsored by Mid-America Christian University.
Mid-America Christian University offers a hundred on-campus and online degree and certificate programs covering many specific fields. MACU is dedicated to offering a quality, affordable Christian education to traditional high school seniors, college transfers and busy adults who are looking to finish their education, pursue graduate work or get a college degree for the first time. MACU is an endorsed agency of the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) and is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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