Davidson and Zabel applaud awarding of $35,000 in PAsmart grants to Upper Darby to advance science and technology education

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – State Reps. Margo L. Davidson and Mike Zabel, both D-Delaware, applauded Gov. Tom Wolf today following the announcement of a PAsmart grant worth $35,000 to the Upper Darby School District to help expand computer science classes and teacher training.

“I’m proud that Governor Wolf is making this investment in Upper Darby’s students,” Davidson said. “Students who have a strong background in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math provide for themselves a path to succeed in the 21st century global economy. This investment will help increase their educational opportunities in these fields. As a battle-tested champion for education quality in moderate- and low-income communities, I continue to fight for this type of positive result every day in Harrisburg to ensure our young people get the quality education they deserve.”

The grants are used to help schools introduce and expand computer science programming and to provide educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with training to teach computer science. The new 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.

“In today’s world, computer science and STEM subjects are essential areas for focus and investment in public education, and I am pleased that this PAsmart targeted grant will improve opportunities for our students,” Zabel said. “At the same time, the best way to ensure a quality, comprehensive education is full and fair funding of our public schools, which I will continue to fight for.”  

For more information about PAsmart grants, please go here.