ESTE2M: Equipping Students and Teachers with Engineering and Entrepreneurial Modalities.
The three challenges facing public school STEM education are lack of funding, curricular requirements, and lack of industry background knowledge. To circumvent these issues, and to inspire a 21st Century Florida workforce, ESTE3M was developed. Originally put forth as a NSF grant proposal, the initiative would allow for teacher training in experiential and real-world aerospace competitions, particularly for teachers and students in Title I schools.
In addition to garnering substantial industry, professional, and academic support including letters from Aerojet Rocketdyne, Florida Atlantic University, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a grant was provided by Florida Space Grant Consortium to provide a pilot teacher training program to be held Summer 2019.