Auburn, COE professor Chris Schnittka, part of $200,000 STEM Learning Challenge Grant

January 30, 2017

Dr.Dr. Schnittka and Ryan Haynes
Schnittka with young Ryan Haynes, Pre-K student and son of science education graduate student, Amanda Haynes, who is helping with the project

Christine Schnittka, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Teaching, will provide leadership in the design and development of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Teaching Kit curricular interventions as part of the Kindergarten Saves the World! project funded by a grant from 100Kin10, the national network helping prepare 100,000 new K-12 STEM teachers by 2021 (see The project’s purpose is to align the existing “Save the Animals” middle school STEM curricula Schnittka designed to kindergarten standards, and ensure that activities and materials are engaging and age-appropriate for kindergarten pupils. Dr. Schnittka will coordinate these activities and manage graduate students working on this project.

100Kin10 recently announced over $2.4 million in funding to a total of ten recipients of their Early Childhood STEM Learning Challenge Grants. Schnittka will represent Auburn University as a partner in the project, working in conjunction with Loyola Marymount University and the California Science Center. Auburn will be involved with all phases of the project through collaboration with its partners, focusing specifically on the project’s design and development activities. The grant was for $200,000 for the three institutions over a span of one year, beginning March 1.

“Our group will coordinate the creative design and development of the curriculum,” Schnittka said. “As part of the design and development process, we will also work with the project’s independent evaluator to analyze and apply collected formative data to assist in the re-design and improvement of the interventions.”

Congratulations Dr. Schnittka on your role in helping develop our future STEM leaders!