Denise Kratz, a science teacher at Explorers Homeschool Association in Ann Arbor, has received a $4,000 STEM research grant from the Society for Science & the Public, which is dedicated to the achievement of young scientists in independent research and to public engagement in science. The Society’s STEM Research Grant Program supports educators who are implementing fresh and innovative teaching methods to shed light on discoveries that can be made through original STEM research projects. Kratz is unique amongst the grant recipients as she is serving homeschooled students.
Meeting once a week, Kratz’s homeschool co-op looks to peak interest in STEM for homeschool students who often lack the resources of students in traditional schools. She plans to purchase a multitude of microscopes, a laptop, and Raspberry Pi’s to stimulate her students’ research. She says, “the goal of our program is to pique interest in STEM among the homeschool community. Many of these students lack the resources and opportunities that students in more traditional school settings can access. The equipment provided by this grant will allow them to broaden their horizons and provide them with more opportunities to learn and experiment with math and science.”