Michigan Tech announced that it has received a $5 million grant that they will use to reform middle school science education. The three-year grant was presented to MTU by the Midland-based Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. The foundation will be funding the Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform Program. Dr. Brad Baltensperger, a MTU research professor, said the program will shake up how science is taught in the classroom.
The program focuses on integrating sciences using a problem-based approach to show how science can be used to address society’s needs. Baltensperger said this jolt in the system is long overdue.
Among the partner schools currently involved in the program are Calumet and Houghton schools, as well as downstate classrooms at Midland, Grand Rapids, and Eaton Rapids schools.