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Grand Forks Public Schools Receives STEM Industry Matching Grant

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                                

October 26, 2018

Grand Forks Public Schools Receives STEM Industry Matching Grant

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Grand Forks Public Schools has received a $15,000 grant from the Northrop Grumman Corporation to support three program initiatives.

The funding from Northrop Grumman will be matched through a STEM Integration and Innovation grant provided by the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education, which will provide a total of $30,000 for use at the middle and high school levels.

“This project is a perfect example of a public/private partnership, with education and industry coming together to provide opportunities for students. The Department of Career and Technical Education is proud to be a part of this endeavor,” said Wayde Sick, State Director of Career and Technical Education.

The grant funding will be used to support the purchase of additional devices for the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) App Creators class in middle school, support the new Robotics course in high school, and implement an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) units in middle school.

"This grant provides the ability to enhance the curricular opportunities for students within three emerging career fields, Computer Science, STEM, and UAS. Providing students with the ability to learn more about these fields at an early age is valuable as they are exploring all of the career pathways available to them,” said Eric Ripley, Executive Director of Career and Technical Education at Grand Forks Public Schools. "Each of these grant initiatives are excellent examples of the innovative educational opportunities we are striving to provide to students. We are grateful to the Northrop Grumman Foundation for their ongoing partnership and outreach support for Grand Forks Public Schools."

Northrop Grumman is the leading global security company, providing innovative systems, products, and solutions in unmanned systems, including serving as the manufacturer of the Global Hawk. Northrop Grumman is an anchor tenant in the Grand Sky technology park at the Grand Forks Air Force Base.