More than 1,600 Baltimore city elementary school students will benefit from a $7.4 million grant awarded to the Johns Hopkins University, that the institution will use to implement a new science, technology, engineering and math program that will make STEM education a community enterprise.

The program, called STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools, is a partnership between city schools and the university that targets students in grades three through five, at nine elementary schools.

The grant, which was awarded by the National Science Foundation and will be distributed over five years, was announced in a release from U.S.Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski. 

“Students with STEM backgrounds are in demand today," Mikulski, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, said in a statement. "So they can fill the jobs of tomorrow" 

Cardin called STEM education, "the cornerstone of our nation’s future economic success and growth."

The program will target students in high-minority, low-income neighborhoods. In addition to 40 teachers, it will also engage caregivers, community-based organizations, after-school program providers, etc.

According to a description of the STEM Achievement program, it seeks to "build expertise and excitement for STEM learning within target communities by integrating science into the learner’s world, as opposed to bringing students into the world of scientists." 

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