In keeping with its commitment to provide students with high-quality science education, enhancing the opportunities for academic success, the Monsanto Fund was the main backer behind the expansion of the MySci program in 2013.
MySci is a science education program developed through a partnership between Monsanto Fund and Washington University in St. Louis’ Institute for School Partnership as well as the Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis Zoo and Missouri Botanical Garden. Recognizing the need and importance of quality science education and hands-on learning, the program is an effort to bring STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education into St. Louis-area classrooms and provide teachers with additional resources and training.
With the help of a $2.2 million grant from the Monsanto Fund, the newest facet of the MySci program, MySci Resource Center, is home to educational classrooms, meeting rooms and a warehouse for educational science materials. The warehouse will also serves as the home base for the MySci’s two Investigation Stations, which travel to St. Louis-area schools for special events.
The resource center expands the opportunities to provide services to area teachers such as professional development workshops, enabling current teachers to enhance their STEM education skills and develop new ideas for lesson plans.
“Thanks to the Monsanto Fund, Washington University and the Institute for School Partnership will be able to expand our science outreach efforts to reach more students and teachers in the St. Louis area,” said Victoria May, assistant dean of Arts & Sciences and executive director of the Institute for School Partnership. “The new warehouse and expanded educational services will provide students and teachers the tools needed for a quality education that is so critical to students’ long term success.”
Started in 2005, the MySci program has reached more than 47,000 elementary students and 108 schools in the St. Louis area. Overall, Monsanto Fund has provided more than $8 million in grants for the program.