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More than $1 Million in PAsmart Grants to Impact Learners Across the Region

In its effort to enhance computer science and STEM education in the region, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) is honored to be the recipient of more than $1 million in PAsmart Advancing grants.  Announced by Governor Tom Wolf’s Office, the PAsmart Advancing grants are part of a larger effort to expand STEM and computer science in classrooms across the region.  STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 

  • $478,420 – Bridging the Computer Science Gap through Computer Science Academy and Statewide Support - The AIU will collaborate with Carnegie Mellon University and up to 15 other intermediate units to increase the capacity and number of educators implementing computer science instruction, with a focus on equity and expanding opportunities for students with special needs.
  • $399,379 - Storytime STEM-pack: Entry Point for Early Computer Science and STEM Learning in PreK-2 Classrooms and Public LibrariesThis effort will engage young learners in STEM and computer science through themed Storytime STEM-packs and impact at least 40 preK-2 classrooms, 15 public libraries, 60 Head Start classrooms and 10 nonpublic schools.
  • $442,323Technology in Education – Granted to the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation in partnership with the AIU, these funds will be used to replicate the agency’s lending library to intermediate units across the state.

In addition, last month the AIU was awarded a $35,000 PAsmart Targeted K12 Computer Science and STEM Education to integrate computer science instruction into all grades at Mon Valley School, one of the agency’s three schools for students with special needs.  In addition to the AIU, several other public school entities that received PAsmart Advancing Grants, including:

  • East Allegheny School District – $286,929
  • Hopewell Area School District – $500,000
  • South Fayette Township School District – $499,613

Rosanne Javorsky, the AIU’s interim executive director, said that the grant represents the increased awareness of the importance of computer science education to the success of our region’s students.

“The AIU is proud to be a state-wide leader in computer science education.  While we humbly accept the PAsmart Advancing grants, we do not forget our mission of working collaboratively with our educational partners for the betterment of all learners in our region,” she said.