Funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM) is one of the most active and growing fields of philanthropy. This article will give you a packed synopsis of some of the main avenues to K-12 STEM funding, including eight main approaches that frequently attract funds, and links to funders throughout.
As a major contractor of cybersecurity services to the U.S. government, defense giant Northrop Grumman is in dire need of young talent in this rapidly expanding field. A big part of the corporation’s philanthropy for STEM education seeks to build a pipeline of young people skilled in computer systems protection. And they're putting participants right to work.
The idea of a science fair initially feels kind of mid-century quaint, with images of kids in thick-rimmed glasses setting off baking soda volcanoes. But science competitions have come a long way. They’re one of the preferred ways for tech company foundations to hand out funds. And the foundation of German engineering corporation Siemens is one of the more competition-happy of those funders.