PPL Empowering Educators Grant Program Expands to Include K-12 Students

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PPL Empowering Educators, a grant program designed to help teachers provide hands-on learning to students by making science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) interesting and fun, has expanded to accept submissions from teams in grades K-12.

"The PPL Empowering Educators grant program is a great way to give local students hands-on STEM learning experiences," said Tim Fallon, PBS39 CEO. "We are happy to now include our high school communities as eligible participants, and look forward to seeing what STEM solutions these bright students and educators can create together."

Teacher-led student teams will enter design ideas for STEM-related educational projects, such as science fairs, energy conservation projects, renewable energy demonstrations, and math competitions. Entries will be judged on: project proposal, school need, and potential overall impact. The educational teams from PBS39, WITF (Harrisburg), and WVIA (Pittston) will each select five winning ideas.

In early December, fifteen $1,000 grants will be awarded to educators in the twenty-nine Pennsylvania counties served by PPL, with five awarded locally. Since the program's inception in 2003, PPL has awarded more than $165,000 for projects in 93 schools throughout the PPL service area.

"The success of our future workforce depends on today's students having experience in and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math," said Carol Obando-Derstine, regional affairs director 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."

Educators of students in grades K-12 are encouraged to apply. Grant entries are available via online application through Oct. 31. Awards will be announced Dec. 2, 2016. Projects must be completed by Apr. 15, 2017, with a final report submitted to the applicant's local station by May 6, 2017.

Teams will celebrate their success during ceremonies held in May at their local public television stations. Students are required to prepare a 2-3 minute presentation reflecting on their experience and the impact the project had on the community. Video presentations are encouraged.

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