Arizona has long been one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to funding for education. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau ranked Arizona 49th in terms of spending per student.
The lack of funding provided to schools in Arizona especially hurts STEM education, which requires the money to provide technology for students to use and training for teachers.
The administrators at Copper Ridge Middle School in Scottsdale, Dr. Michelle Otstot and Matt Patzlaff, have had to get creative in order to provide their students with the appropriate equipment. One way they've done this is through their "Bring Your Own Technology" initiative, which calls upon students to bring their own devices to use during class time in order to work with media and computer code.
Additionally, Copper Ridge was awarded a grant from APS and Northern Arizona University that got them computers and training for the educators on how to incorporate STEM education.
Otstot and Patzlaff feel strongly that STEM education is crucial for students today and the state needs to provide more funding to support it. Otherwise, Arizona students will be left behind by their peers and face disadvantages as they enter the work force.
STEM education at a glance.
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