Three staff members from the TRC at the Center for STEM Education in UT Austin’s College of Education have been awarded a 100Kin10 Fellowship. The Fellowship award follows the TRC’s acceptance as a 100Kin10 partner in early 2015. As part of this new initiative, the TRC aims to help 100Kin10 address the critical need for K-12 engineering-related programs in the nation’s schools. The TRC – UT Austin team includes Carol Fletcher, Associate Director; Amy Werst, Project Manager; and John Owen, Computer Science Initiatives Specialist.
The TRC team is one of twelve groups from across the nation receiving support and resources from 100Kin10 this year to develop STEM programs. The TRC project is focused on increasing the number of computer science certified teachers in Texas. After working with 100Kin10 to design and prototype solutions, each team will be eligible to apply for grant funding to help make their ideas a reality; awards will range from $25,000 for early-stage ideas to $500,000 for fully formed plans.
100kin10 is a national network of institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies, and government agencies dedicated to recruiting and training at least 100,000 new STEM teachers over ten years. “We are excited to pioneer this new approach to grant making and develop innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions,” says 100kin10 executive director Talia Milgrom-Elcott.