Earlier this year, at the request of Newmark, DonorsChoose surveyed its Teacher Facebook Community about the type of financial support that would make the most impact on their classrooms in the coming school year. Based on the results of the poll, Craig Newmark Philanthropies will provide $850,000 to match donations to STEM projects and an additional $50,000 as a bonus gift that teachers and supporters can unlock by using the hashtag #STEMStories on Twitter. The remaining $100,000 will be used to fund projects that deliver STEM resources to girls.
#STEMStories is a social media challenge designed to bring more attention and resources to teachers and their STEM projects. Projects already selected for support include Leading the Way to Discovery and Teamwork With STEAM, which is focused on reaching pre-K-2 students from low-income households in Cleveland; Sparking Imaginations Through STEM, which will support low-income, pre-K-2 students in Whitefield, Oklahoma; and Green Growing Experiments to Celebrate Earth Day, which will support low-income grade 6-8 students in New York City.