Sand Springs Schools receives grants to expand STEM learning

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. — Sand Springs Public Schools (SSPS) announced Thursday it will offer more STEM programs for students in grades pre-K – 12.

The opportunity is made possible through a partnership between Ardagh Group, a global supplier of infinitely-recyclable metal and glass consumer packaging, and PLTW, a nonprofit organization that offers transformative classroom and learning experiences.

SSPS is joining more than 12,200 schools across the U.S. providing opportunities for brighter futures for all students.

SSPS will use these grants to offer three programs in the 2021-2022 school year: PLTW Launch (for students pre-K – 5th Grade), PLTW Gateway (for middle school), and PLTW Engineering (for high school). These programs are a key component of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, and help cover annual program fees, teacher professional development, and required classroom equipment and materials.

“These grants will have a substantial impact on our students, making STEM education opportunities more accessible to the kids of Sand Springs,” said SSPS Assistant Superintendent Shawn Beard.

“We recognize the critical role education, and access to education, plays in ensuring equal opportunities and in building successful, vibrant communities. We expect to invest $50 million over ten years to support education in our U.S. communities,” said Paul Coulson, Chairman and CEO, Ardagh Group.

Through the PLTW programs, SSPS students will have access to early opportunities to explore, develop a passion for, and gain confidence in STEM subjects, while developing and applying critical language skills.

“PLTW is proud to partner with Sand Springs Public Schools to inspire students to excel in math and science,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, PLTW President and CEO. “Together, we’re empowering millions of young people to become inspired problem solvers. We’re passionate about equipping the next generation of students with the in-demand, real-world knowledge and skills they need to go further whatever path they choose.”