Golden LEAF STEM East EvaluationProject Team: PI-Jeni Corn
Sponsor: North Carolina's Eastern Economic Development Corporation (dba NCEast Alliance)/Golden Leaf Fdn.
Project Total: $133,047
Student success in the core content areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is essential for the development of an American workforce that can compete in the global economy. In response to this critical need school districts across the country, including in North Carolina, have developed K–12 initiatives designed to inspire and prepare the next generation of scientists, technicians, mathematicians, and engineers. In North Carolina The Golden LEAF Foundation (Golden LEAF) is a leader in the effort to promote and sustain high quality STEM education in public schools. A key component of the Golden LEAF grants program provides strategic funding for innovative community education projects. The Foundation awarded grants to six district STEM projects that best met a variety of criteria laid out in Golden LEAF’s STEM Due Diligence Guide. The Golden LEAF STEM East Initiative evaluation team is conducting a two-year evaluation in six eastern NC school districts with three primary objectives: evaluation capacity-building work with grantees; ongoing development of STEM education instruments; and the collective evaluation of the grantees focusing on common outcomes.