The Department of Defense is awarding the Killeen Independent School District $1 million over a five-year period.
The district plants to buy and equip a “STEM Mobile”, which they are calling a science exhibit on wheels. The rolling lab will visit the district’s 26 elementary schools, and will help expand their STEM program for students from the third through fifth grades.
The district hopes the bus will engage students in hands-on project-based learning focused on engineering and technology with the integration of math and science into the lessons.
“We want to encourage the children to be interested in STEM careers and STEM studies so that when they get out of high school, when they get out of college, they will have great jobs waiting for them. Because that’s where the jobs are going to be. So this is a chance that we’ve never had before – to reach our younger populations and say, ‘Hey kids, look at this! Now think about this in your future,'” says Terry Abbott, Killeen ISD Chief Communications Officer.
The district is now accepting applications for the new Mobile STEM teaching position.