Iowa State University and Des Moines Public Schools announced today that they have won a $4.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve the teaching of science, mathematics and engineering in elementary schools. The grant will support a project that will have teams that include a cooperating teacher from Des Moines, a student teacher from Iowa State and a graduate student in engineering from Iowa State. Iowa State's teacher education program will also upgrade its courses so students are prepared to teach subjects as recommended by Next Generation Science Standards, a process that has developed new K-12 teaching standards. The five-year project will start in the spring, after a planning period during the fall semester. Click here to read an ISU article about the grant.