Howard applauds awarding of $70,000 in PAsmart grants to local school districts to advance science and technology education

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Kristine Howard applauded Gov. Tom Wolf today for awarding PAsmart Targeted grants worth $35,000 apiece to Great Valley and Tredyffrin-Easttown school districts to help expand computer science classes and teacher training.

“I’m proud that the Great Valley and Tredyffrin-Easttown school districts will be able to deepen and enrich their STEM education programs,” Howard said. “Over the next 10 years, 71 percent of new jobs in PA will require employees to use computers and new technologies. It’s critical that we prepare technologically savvy students who can thrive in the 21st century workplace.”

The grants help schools introduce and expand computer science programming, and to provide pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educators with CS training. The targeted grant awardees from across the commonwealth have prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students, such as students of color, girls, low-income students and students in rural communities.

For more information about PAsmart grants, go here.