The Foundation believes that the District’s elementary STEM initiative gives our students the tools they need to compete and succeed in STEM-based careers. We also recognize the importance of exposing our students to STEM at an early age. Elementary school is when these students develop the passions and interests that carry them through school and into their careers.
Through the generosity of our community, the Foundation has contributed over $200,000 for Phase I and Phase II of the four phase implementation of the District’s Project Lead the Way Elementary STEM curriculum since 2016.
Gearing up for another year….
STEM Fundraising Target for 2018-2019: $100,000
Despite having two more years in the implementation plan for the Project Lead the Way Launch Elementary STEM curriculum, with the goal of full implementation by 2021, the Foundation Board has decided to raise funds this year to cover the costs of both of the remaining years. The District intentionally structured the implementation so that program costs in the final two years are lower than previous years. The Foundation will take advantage of this smaller budget, and our momentum from previous years, and aim to raise $100,000 again this year to support the final two phases of the implementation process.
We look forward to working with our community to finish strong and close out this STEM effort.
In 2017-2018, the Foundation raised $115,000 to expand the District’s Elementary STEM curriculum. Funds raised will support the maintenance of the current program (computer science modules for all K-5 classrooms) and the expansion of the curriculum to include biomedical and engineering modules. Learn more.
In 2016-2017, the Foundation contributed $85,071 to the Elementary STEM Initiative. The Foundation raised over $44,000 in community donations and matched $41,000 from its endowment. Additional info.
To contribute to the STEM initiative, mail a check payable to “Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation” to our office at 1100 S. Jennings, Bartlesville, OK 74003 and note “STEM” in the memo line; donate online by credit card; or contact our executive director, Blair Ellis at 918-336-8600, ext 3523 to make other arrangements.