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Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) has awarded a $25,000 grant to Flagstaff STEM Connections for a pilot program focused on teaming up 15 Flagstaff Unified School District teachers with 15 faculty members from the NAU Center for Science Teaching and Learning.

Initially, the program will be a collaborative effort between select teachers from Mount Elden Middle School and Sinagua Middle School, NAU, Flagstaff 40, T-Gen North and the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, with guidance from SFAz. The new funding will be used to determine the current state of genomics science and age-appropriate DNA/genetics curriculum needs, and to jointly design a genomics-based educational experience for middle school students that can be replicated in classrooms.

The grant programs will be managed by SFAz staff to ensure effective progress before awarding second- and third-year funding. The investment is a pilot program to explore the most effective way to engage businesses and communities in STEM education.

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