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School District Wants More Stem Programs

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--This week four school districts across Iowa got the news they will receive $50,000 a piece for stem training.

Some school districts here in the corridor applied for that grant but didn't get it.

"I'm pretty sure this rock is an Iowa rock."

Yukiko hill does this every school day.

"We rent kits from Grantwood AEA center and those allow elementary teachers to have hands on activities for students, she said.

Especially in stem classes, like Yukikos'.

The NASA fellowship certified stem teacher says it's better to start students early when it comes to learning stem or science, technology, engineering and math.

"There are a lot of careers in science, engineering and math that kids could be interested in and hopefully they get that interest from the experiences they have in the classroom, she said.

That is why the Iowa City Community School District applied for a stem grant from the state for a unique classroom

"This classroom would be equipped with large TV monitors, interactive communication devices, laptops and furniture, said district assistant superintendent, Ann Feldmann.

That they say will allow students to interact naturally with the technology and each other, but this year they were passed over.

"It was very competitive. There were only allowing two or perhaps four grants and I know there were over 20 applicants, Feldmann said.

Feldmann says the district will find out from the committee what they can do better next time, but for now, they will look to see if there are other grants available.

Steps Yukiko says can be life changing.
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