Haude Elementary, Strack Intermediate, and Klein Oak High School were awarded grants from The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation (TCLFF). The grants were given for the purpose of promoting educational opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
“We are so excited to receive this grant which will give us the chance to bolster the things that we’re already doing,” Klein Oak Principal Thomas Hensley said. “This is going to translate to student learning and excitement for STEM.”
Each school will receive a total of $30,000 over two years in order to support the development of STEM programs and can apply for continuation grants at the end of the two-year period. The funds can be used for resources such as robotics kits, computers, iPads, lab tables, and 3D printers, as well as for curriculum development and teacher training.
“To those of us involved in making it, Young Sheldon is more than a television series,” Young Sheldon Executive Producer, Chuck Lorre said. “At its heart, it’s a story about potential. When the education of a child is supported, there is no limit to what that child might eventually achieve. We hope that in some small way, this program gives these public schools more STEM educational tools in the classroom for teachers to nurture and ignite the curiosity of students who will ultimately become our future leaders and scholars.”
TCLFF’s new grant program, The Young Sheldon STEM Initiative, was directly inspired by the hit comedy series Young Sheldon. Each of the three Klein Schools receiving a grant are schools that were attended by the show’s Executive Producer, Jim Parsons, better known for his role as Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory.