Baltimore’s two most-booming economic sectors are education and STEM (science/technology/engineering/mathematics), so yesterday’s announcement — that Johns Hopkins has been awarded a $7.4 million grant over 5 years to improve STEM education in Baltimore’s public elementary schools — is both totally inspiring and kind of a no-brainer.
“Students with STEM backgrounds are in demand today, so they can fill the jobs of tomorrow,” Senator Barbara Mikulski said yesterday when announcing the grant. “Every student deserves a chance to excel in those fields. This federal funding will help show Baltimore City students that STEM isn’t just fun – it’s the key to a good job and a promising future.”
This new partnership with city schools will help Johns Hopkins in its quest to be seen as less of a dominating behemoth, and more of a helpful partner. “Johns Hopkins is committed to using its strengths to have a positive impact on the Baltimore community,” said Nicholas P. Jones, dean of the university’s Whiting School of Engineering. The grant funds, which were awarded by the National Science Foundation, will be used to leverage the Hopkinite skills, resources, and influence in three of the city’s high-minority, low-resource neighborhoods. More than 40 elementary school teachers at nine elementary schools will partner with the university’s students, professors, and researchers to, according to Hopkins, “integrate science into a child’s world as opposed to bringing a student into the world of scientists.” We’re excited to watch this develop.
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