U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven announced today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) approved a $174,000 grant for North Dakota State University (NDSU) to advance STEAM education opportunities for low-income and at-risk children, youth, and families.

This investment is made through the Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) program, which marshals resources of the Land-Grant and Cooperative Extension Systems to develop and deliver educational programs that equip limited resource families and youth who are at-risk for not meeting basic human needs with skills they need to lead positive, productive, contributing lives. USDA’s NIFA announced a total of $2 million in 21 grants will be invested throughout America to improve the quality and quantity of comprehensive community-based programs for at-risk children, youth, and families supported by the Cooperative Extension System.

“STEAM curriculum spurs interest in these fields, supporting academic and personal growth,” said Hoeven. “Today’s funding will enable our students to gain hands-on access to resources and technology, better equipping them to compete in the economy of the future.”