JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On Monday, Knob Noster Public Schools was awarded an education activity grant from the Department of Defense totaling $2.25 Million. The grant will help expand STEM educational programs, robotics programs for Knob Noster High School, and LEGO League Robotics and LEGO League Jr. Robotics programs for middle school and elementary school students. The grant will also include an all-new Knob Noster Virtual Academy for grades 7-12, offering a diverse selection of online courses, and a leadership development program for grades K-12.
Since the Governor took office, he has placed a focus on expanding computer science and STEM education. The General Assembly joined the Governor in crafting legislation that will further promote computer science education throughout K-12 schools, as well as broadening the availability for students throughout Missouri. Governor Parson was proud of the collaboration between Whiteman Air Force Base, Knob Noster Public Schools, and the Department of Defense, as they provide opportunities for students to further expand their knowledge and being introduced to STEM courses at an early age.
“The partnership between Whiteman Air Force Base and Knob Noster Public Schools is a great example of what we can accomplish when we work together. STEM programs provide great educational tools for our students that will help them throughout their lives,” said Governor Parson. “By providing them with the tools to meet the demands for tomorrow, we are setting up our future workforce to have the skills to improve our workforce while earning high-paying jobs.”
STEM programs have already been paying off for their students. This fall, the Knob Noster High School Robotics Team was commissioned by Whiteman Air Force Base to design and produce an important piece to be used in the cockpit of the B-2 Bomber. The creativity and resourcefulness of the Knob Noster Robotics Team came through, and the prototype has already been approved by the Air Force and is currently being used in B-2 missions, proving the endless opportunities that STEM can create for students.
“Science, technology, engineering and math have always been important aspects of educating Missouri students,” said Interim Commissioner Roger Dorson, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. “But STEM education is especially needed now because virtually every job requires some knowledge of technology. We want all students to graduate ready for success.”