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The Center's important work is made possible by WPI and gifts and grants from generous alumni, friends, corporate partners, foundations, and government agencies. A leadership gift in 2003 from Edna and Douglas Noiles ’44 established the WPI Office of K-12 Outreach, which became the STEM Education Center at WPI in 2011. Intel and EMC have made multiple corporate gifts to the Center, as have a number of family foundations and others. Our generous supporters help the Center to continue bringing innovative teaching resources and professional development to PK-12 educators.

Interested in investing in the Center?

Here are some opportunities that could use your support. Contact Executive Director Kathy Chen at kcchen@wpi.edu to discuss these and other partnership opportunities.

  • Support for our PD Team to offer professional development to PK-12 educators for free
  • Scholarships for PK-12 educators to attend our professional development and graduate course offerings for free or a reduced cost
  • Cover a school's or district's fee for a team to participate in the Strategic STEM Integration Program
  • Fund dissemination of the Seeds of STEM PK-K curriculum
  • K-12 teacher externships
  • Summer internships for pre-service teachers (undergraduates in the WPI Teacher Preparation Program)
  • Scholarships for pre-service teachers (undergraduates in the WPI Teacher Preparation Program)
  • Fund the Center's leadership of the Central MA STEM Network Ecosystem
  • Sponsor an AmeriCorps VISTA member to work on equity and access issues in the Worcester community
  • STEM Education Researcher-in-Residence (e.g., postdoc, visiting scholar)
  • Center staff positions
  • Endow the Collaborative for Transformative STEM Education to bring together four centers at WPI to maximize our impact

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