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First round of STEM mini-grants awarded

STEM mini-grants will help St. Kate's teacher alumnae engage young learners in STEM.
STEM mini-grants will help St. Kate's teacher alumnae engage young learners in STEM.
Photo by Rebecca Zenefski '10.

The National Center for STEM Elementary Education, in partnership with the Education Department at St. Catherine University, has selected four schools to receive STEM mini-grants in its first round of funding.

The mini-grants are targeted to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teaching at the elementary level.  

Mini-grants of up to $250 are being awarded to schools where St Kate’s education alumnae are teaching. Those schools and recipients are:

• Kristen Wilker, MAED '05, Jefferson Elementary in Fairbault; 

• Nicole Zeltinger, MAED '13, Lake Harriet Community School; 

• Shannon Casey '93, Valley Crossing; 

• Mary Solheim '03, Playschool Childcare and Skills for Life.

“I'm thrilled that the St. Kate's National Center for STEM Elementary Education and the Education Department are collaborating to support our teacher-alumnae," said Linda Distad, chair of the Education Department. With the assistance of mini-grants, St. Catherine STEM teachers will be able to do those 'extras' that make the learning experience so dynamic and help them accomplish their STEM teaching goals.”

Another round of mini-grant applications will be solicited in April, queries should be sent to the National Center for STEM Elementary Education

Dec. 20, 2013 by Julie Michener

See also: Alumnae/i, Education, STEM