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Burkburnett ISD awarded $750K grant for STEM programming

Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 4:43 PM CDT
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BURKBURNETT, Texas (KAUZ) - The U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has awarded Burkburnett ISD with a $750,000 grant to expand STEM programming.

“Receiving this DoDEA grant will allow BISD to implement a Biomedical program that will provide opportunities in which all students will benefit,” said Dr. Brad Owen, Burkburnett ISD Superintendent. “The inclusion of this Biomedical program in BISD will serve as another instructional pathway our students will be introduced to so that they might find their true passion in life.”

The school district is planning to build Health SySTEMS for students at five campuses. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) will allow students will experience authentic, work-based learning activities that inspire them to explore Health Science.

“In Wichita County, we are the only ones offering it and in Region 9 there’s only one other school district offering it. So it’s a great opportunity for parents that are making a choice about coming to Burkburnett,” said Casey Hunter, Stem and CTE Coordinator of Burkburnett ISD.

Pre-K through 12th grade learning starts by giving students the chance to step into the roles of medical investigators, surgeons and biomedical engineers. Students are expected to enhance their science, technology, engineering and mathematical skills through problem-based learning.

“Our elementary campuses will get to do lots of hands on STEM work and develop soft skills such as communication and critical thinking. Then at the middle school, they are going to get to build apps which is really on trend right now,” said Hunter.

Students that finish the bio medical program will earn certificates, that can be used to get jobs as medical lab assistants.

“We just want to make sure our students are prepared when they leave Burkburnett ISD for whatever future they choose for themselves,” said Owen.

Burkburnett ISD officials say they will need to hire six teachers for this Biomedical STEM expansion.

Program implementation is scheduled to begin in the 2022-23 school year. For more information on Burkburnett ISD visit their website.

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