The $44,975 grant will help fund the District’s new Ignite! program, a profession-based learning opportunity for high school students. Also, the grant will help expand the WSD’s K-5 coding curriculum and the International Telementor Program, as well as participation in Girls4Tech, a partnership with Mastercard designed to increase female middle school student interest and participation in STEM careers and coursework. “We anticipate more than 8,800 WSD students and teachers will benefit directly from this grant,” said WSD Director of Professional & Program Development Dr. Karen Hill.
Mastercard has been supporting STEM initiatives in the WSD since 2007, providing more than $450,000 in grant dollars over the last decade. “We are extremely grateful to Mastercard for their continued support for STEM initiatives in the Wentzville School District,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “Their generosity enables us to provide a variety of world-class, innovative programs for our students that enhances their learning experience and equips them for future success.”