Our STEM4ME grants encourage students and teachers to "think outside the box" to create real-world solutions to problems in areas such as renewable energy, ecology, robotics and sustainable food production. Recipients of STEM4ME grants are encouraged to work in small entrepreneurial teams, combining classroom knowledge with real-world experience. We strongly encourage programs that incorporate mentorship by experienced educators, close alignment with the needs of Maine businesses, and links to existing programs at Maine's colleges and universities.
Note: STEM4ME Grants are funded on a rolling basis. Applicants are expected to provide a clear and concise case for receiving funding.
"We need to do some out of the box thinking."
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Download the 2021/22
STEM4ME Grant Application
Eligibility: Publicly funded schools and academies
Grant amount: up to $3,000
Grant duration: up to 2 years
Reporting: students are in charge of documenting and promoting their projects using web based tools such as Facebook, blogs and video
Use of Funds: funds are used for equipment, supplies, and attending conferences; funds may not be used to subsidize existing curriculum and programs, or for teacher stipends
Examples of Previous STEM4ME Funded Projects
Bangor HS: Water Purification in Developing Countries
Belfast Area HS: Space Exploration Program
Freeport HS: Electric Guitar Building Program
Madawaska HS: GPS Program
Oceanside West HS: Electric Guitar Building Program
Poland Regional HS: Astronomy Program
The New School: Greenhouse and Aquaponics Project
Washington Academy: Underwater Exploration
Whitefield ES: Aquaponics and Gardening Initiative
Examples of Previous Grants
BHCS Idea Center
Blue Hill Consolidated School
Blue Hill, Maine
Fablab/makerspace for PreK through 8th grade students.
The Houlton Mars Project
Bob Richardson and Katie Wright
Houlton Jr./Sr. High School
Students use NASA information and Lego robotics to learn about Mars.
Sustainable Food Production
Buckfield Jr/Sr High School
Students use maple trees on school campus to produce maple syrup.
KHS Smart Greenhouse
Kennebunk High School
Pre-engineering students develop automation solutions.
Julie Wilcott and Jack McLeod
Students design, utilize and maintain a high tunnel hoophouse.
Guitar Building Class
David Parker and Chad McCormack
Noble High School
North Berwick, Maine
Students learn and apply STEM concepts by building electric guitars.