Creating a Spark for STEM Career Pathways

Madison City Schools is excited to announce receipt of a $2 million grant to help grow STEM programs in PreK through 5th grade and strengthen Career and Technical Education programs in its secondary schools. The funding for Creating a Spark for STEM Career Pathways, is from a U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grant.


“This is a huge boost in our ongoing efforts to enhance Science, Technology, Engineering and Math instruction in our elementary schools,” said Dr. Ed Nichols, superintendent of Madison City Schools. “Increased STEM awareness and learning at the earlier grades will, in turn, aid students to confidently select courses in middle and high school that can guide them to becoming college and career ready graduates.” The DoDEA grant will provide resources such as highly-qualified, well-trained STEM teachers; evidence-based activities and project-based STEM literacy as well as STEM career awareness learning experiences; state-of-the art supplies; and motivated STEM career advisors.

DoDEA's Education Partnership and Resources division strives to ensure all military-connected K-12 students have access to quality educational opportunities through engagement in partnerships with school districts and professional organizations.

The division provides school personnel and stakeholders with evidence-based resources and supports to increase understanding and awareness related to the unique challenges faced by military-connected students and families.


DoDEA’s vision of “Excellence in education for every student, every day, everywhere” is realized through this partnership with public school districts. Learn more about the DoDEA Grants at dodeagrants.org.


The Madison City School District has approximately 3,047 military connected students. With the addition of this new grant, since 2010, the district has received almost $13 million in grants from DoDEA.

The district will use the 2022-23 school year to plan and prepare for the expansion of the STEM program in all seven of the district’s elementary schools. Starting in the 2023-2024 school year all students preK through 5th grade will participate in a regularly scheduled STEM class.