Teachers to get grants from electric utility

Whether they are modeling molecules, learning to code, or building and racing solar-powered cars, tomorrow’s engineers and mathematicians need only a spark to get their imaginations — and their careers — headed in the right direction. PPL Corp., in cooperation with PBS stations WLVT, WVIA and WITF, is providing that spark to students in 15 Pennsylvania school districts with grants to support in-school science, technology, engineering and math projects, according to a news release.

These projects and others will be possible thanks, in part, to PPL Corp.’s Empowering Educators grants. Teachers in 15 schools in eastern and central Pennsylvania were selected to receive $1,000 each as recipients of 2016 Empowering Educators grants from PPL.

“It’s essential that our education systems provide today’s graduates with the academic, technical and life skills needed to enter the workforce in a seamless way,” said Lissette Santana, manager of corporate relations for PPL, according to the news release. “That’s why PPL is dedicated to supporting educators who work to prepare students for the future.”

The local grant recipients will be recognized at award ceremonies to be held at the studios of the PBS partner stations.

“PBS39 is proud to collaborate with PPL to celebrate the work of outstanding teachers in our region,” said Teri Haddad, senior vice president of Education & Production at PBS39. “It’s exciting to see the dedication and level of creativity in developing exciting STEM curriculum among the award winners.”

The following teachers are grant recipients:  Karen Avery, Montoursville Area High School, Montoursville, for “Modeling Molecules that Matter,” in which students will choose and model a molecule that has implications for the human population; Elizabeth Sterling, Greenwood Friends School, Millville, for “Brain Power for Human Power,” in which students will use STEM skills to design and create three human-powered electricity generators; Paul Breon, Liberty Valley Elementary School, Danville, to implement a 3D printer students will use to design and create an object that solves a problem; Victoria Savo, Swiftwater Intermediate School, Swiftwater, to launch a maker space with a curated collection of STEM activity kits to engage students in grades 4-6.

Eleven other teachers around the state are receiving grants as well.

A team of PPL employees and PBS education specialists chose the winning projects. PPL sponsors the Empowering Educators grants program as part of an initiative to educate the public about energy resources, the news release said.

This year, PPL awarded $15,000 in Empowering Educators grants. Since the program’s inception in 2003, PPL has awarded more than $180,000 for projects in 118 schools near PPL facilities.

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