Ed Surge, an education technology news outlet, published a great piece on the need to innovate the K-12 space, citing money as the largest barrier. This is why we recently submitted a proposal to the NSF's ITEST grant: we want to bring our high school program to populations that otherwise would not have access; those who are underrepresented in the field of iOS. We want to innovate the space and ultimately the field, but we can't do it alone.
If our grant proposal is accepted, it will help us serve those underrepresented populations and also provide data to the larger education community. Our driving questions focus on student exposure and motivation in STEM fields. The data we will gather should help illuminated ways to demystify STEM fields for students, and help us as an industry to engage and get these students excited about fields that are desperate for their talent and skill.
We hope to hear about our grant proposal status by May 2016. Until then, we will continue to focus on innovating the higher ed and high school spaces as best we can.