Innovation remains tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – the STEM subjects. Art and Design are now seen invaluable to the equation to make STEAM. Just as the STEM topics propelled innovation and growth in the last century. We need to add Art + Design to facilitate creativity and innovation in the 21st century.
STEAM grants are awarded to students, teachers, and schools to foster creativity, innovation, and imagination. Grant initiatives will be evaluated for their ability:
to engage collaborative interactions
to develop interdependence and independence skills
to encourage resiliency by being task focused & disciplined
to promote self-awareness and mindfulness
to develop critical and creative thinking skills.
Individual Teacher Grant
The Individual Teacher Grant funds initiatives that are innovative and stimulate student learning and creativity. It is felt that the most effective grant proposals will augment and enhance existing curriculum rather than supplant and contradict it. However, some latitude may be given to the educator for creativity in its implementation. As such, a metric of grant consideration will include how compatible the project is with the goals and objectives of the Bethel Park School District.
Teacher initiated projects that are funded will be evaluated:
to encourage, uplift, edify, and challenge the student
to provide unique educational opportunities
to augment existing curriculum
to evaluate the successful achievement of the stated objectives
to consider the possibility of replication in other schools.
Evaluations of the funded projects will be provided to the board of directors of the Bethel Park Education Foundation. This information will be shared with school district personnel.
Individual School Grants
The Individual School Grants program seeks to provide funding to an individual school. Grants of may be awarded in three categories – elementary, middle school and high school.
The purpose of the Individual School Grant is:
to provide financial assistance for schools to substantially improve student achievement.
to implement comprehensive school improvement programs that are based on reliable research and effective program practices
to place emphasis on basic academics and parental/care-giver involvement.
to determine the successful achievement of the stated objectives.
to consider the possibility of replication for other schools.
The evaluations of the funded programs will be provided to the board of directors of the Bethel Park Education Foundation. This information will also be shared with school district personnel.
Individual Student Grants
Enhancing and encouraging excellence in education for the student is the absolute focal point of the BPEF. There is no ceiling to the creativity and innovation of the student mind. In that spirit, the grant program needs to remain flexible and adaptable to student proposals.. As such, grants may be awarded to any student at any grade level in any discipline of study. Additionally, grants will be considered for all physical activity endeavors and all forms of the arts. Excellence in education encompasses all spheres and envisions the student as a life learner---intellectually, physically, and artistically
The purpose of the Individual Student Grant is:
to provide unique educational opportunities that are not part of the established curriculum
to encourage, foster, and nurture excellence in a particular field of study
to support educational, physical, or artistic endeavors that could not otherwise be accessible to the student
No grant shall be administered as a direct monetary payment to the awardee. No grant will be awarded for food, beverages, parties, recreational activities nor field trips.