Wednesday, August 24, 2016

PPL To Accept Applications For Teacher Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Grants

PPL’s Empowering Educators Grant Program will begin accepting applications for grants on September 1 at its three partner broadcast stations-- PBS39, WITF and WVIA.  The deadline for applications is October 31.
Tomorrow’s engineers and mathematicians need only a spark to get their imaginations – and their careers – headed in the right direction.
The PPL Empowering Educators Grant Program is designed to help K-8 teachers provide hands-on learning by bringing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to life for their students.
The Program directs focus toward STEM projects to encourage action in schools in the 29 Pennsylvania counties served by PPL.
Through these competitive grants, teachers can receive $1,000 funding for educational projects such as science fairs, energy conservation projects, renewable energy demonstrations and math competitions.
PBS39 (Lehigh Valley), WITF (Central PA) and WVIA (Northeast PA) are helping to spark curiosity in students.
Empowering Educators will feature teacher-led student teams who will identify STEM-related projects in their schools.
Each school who wishes to participate must submit a contest application to its local station via an online application.
“Empowering Educators is a great way to give local students a hands-on STEM learning experience,” said Tim Fallon, PBS39 CEO. “For students and teachers alike, this program promises to be an enriching experience.”
This year, PPL will award $15,000 in Empowering Educators grants.
“The success of our future workforce depends on today’s students having experience in and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math,” said Lissette Santana, manager of corporate relations for PPL. “We’re excited to partner with our local PBS stations to support teachers and school projects through the Empowering Educators grants to help generate students’ interest in these exciting fields.”
PBS39, WITF and WVIA will select five winning teams apiece, for a total of 15. Each winning team will be awarded $1,000 during a ceremony at their local station in early November, which will be used to bring their projects to fruition.
Each team will be judged on its project proposal, its school need, and potential overall impact.
“By completing a STEM-related project from start to finish, our educational communities stand to benefit from the discoveries made,” said Tom Currá, WVIA President/CEO and executive producer. “Moreover, the general public will reap the benefits of having their important needs addressed.”
The teams will celebrate their completed projects during a ceremony at their local station in May 2017. Students will be required to prepare a 2-3 minute presentation for the ceremony that will address the experience and the impact their project had on the community. Video presentations are encouraged.
Since the program’s inception in 2003, PPL has awarded more than $165,000 for projects in 93 schools throughout the 29 counties served by PPL.
Grant recipients will be announced December 2, 2016. Each project must be completed by April 15, 2017. A final report must be submitted to the applicant’s local station describing the outcomes of each project by May 6, 2017.
For more information, and examples of past projects, visit PPL’s Empowering Educators Grant Program webpage.  Questions should be directed by email to:

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