STEM Grants

CT STEM Academy

Together with the AT&T Foundation, the NEA Foundation supported the CT STEM Academy, an out-of-school-time initiative in Wallingford, CT created and led by educators, to test strategies for student family engagement in supporting high-need students with STEM learning.

Since 2000, the CT STEM program has reached over 15,000 participants through its Young Astronaut Club, STEM Academy, and Family STEM Nights. The STEM Academy’s founders believe in focusing on family engagement, gender equity, and access to programming for at-risk students and minority populations. Our support is helping these programs reach more students and their families.


Watch some of their STEM projects in action:

CT STEM Academy

Urban Farming

The NEA Foundation has supported hands-on urban farming programs in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Milwaukee, Wisc. that have continued beyond the grant period.

In New York, students are working in urban gardens of their own design on school grounds. In Milwaukee, plants and fish grow together in aquaponics systems, large tanks that support animal and vegetable in a symbiotic, sustainable environment.

To learn more, check out our case study and our brief ebook. The full case study includes:

  • an overview of both programs
  • an examination of key components of their success
  • lessons learned that can be used for similar programs in schools across the country.

Check out these videos, which feature students in Milwaukee and New York City getting their hands dirty in urban farms.

In Milwaukee, connecting schools to urban farming through aquaponics
Why Students Love STEM: Milwaukee, Part I
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