CSU - Pueblo receives $143,000 federal grant for STEM programs

Increasing awareness of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) among Southern Colorado middle- and high-school students will be the focus of a $143,000 federal grant from the United States Department of Education.

The grant will allow development of materials that demonstrate the relevance of STEM in students’ everyday lives, provide information on future opportunities for graduates in STEM disciplines, and identify the pathways to STEM careers.

The materials will be disseminated in the Southern Colorado region utilizing existing programs and University events such as career fairs, design contests, and student clubs. Hector Carrasco, dean of the College of Engineering, Education, and Professional Studies believes the results of these awareness efforts will include an increase in the percentage of middle-school students taking Algebra I in eighth grade, an increase in the percentage of students taking four years of mathematics and science in high school, and an increase in the number of students taking advanced mathematics courses such as calculus.