Sappey announces over $499K to expand STEM and computer science programs at West Chester University

State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, today announced that West Chester University will be the recipient of $499,860 in PAsmart Advancing Grants to expand access to computer science and STEM education for Pennsylvania learners. West Chester University South Campus resides within her district.

“Programs like these will allow students from all backgrounds to have the tools they need to enter an evolving workforce,” said Sappey. “I am proud that West Chester University is continuing to apply innovative education programing with civic engagement and experiences to advance STEM careers.”

West Chester University of Pennsylvania will be the recipient of $499,860 to build on the National Science Foundation-funded Education for Sustainability Philly Teacher Leadership program. The goal is to expand student access and engagement in sustainable or “green” STEM through teacher development, and engage students in creating a sustainable Philadelphia. The program links classroom learning to civic action and green STEM careers.

Projects funded by the PAsmart Advancing Grants include Computer Science, or CS, and STEM after-school programs in robotics and artificial intelligence; the establishment of innovative STEM partnerships between school districts and higher education partners to provide college credits and industry credentials in STEM and CS; support for diversity and inclusion on esports teams in high-need areas; establishing innovation hubs through collaborations with community colleges, city parks, and libraries to help underserved learners build STEM and computer science skills; establishing mentorships to expose underrepresented learners to STEM careers; and opportunities for rural, urban, and suburban students to gain hands-on experience in coding and robotics.

A full list of recipients, projects, and award amounts can be found at PA Advancing Grants 2021.

For more information, contact Sappey’s office at 484-200-8264.