PPL Foundation awards 25 grants annually to empower educators who spark their students’ imaginations.
The PPL Empowering Educators program is designed to help K-12 teachers provide hands-on learning opportunities to enhance the classroom experience and spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Twenty-five teachers in schools in eastern and central Pennsylvania were selected to receive $1,000 each as recipients of 2017 Empowering Educators grants from PPL Foundation.
Learn more about the types of grants we support by getting to know our most recent award recipients.
Every teacher probably dreams of having an extra eye to keep watch over her students.
So it’s no surprise that among the 50 science and technology projects students created for Pocono Mountain East High School’s first STEM Fair, the 3D animatronic working eye was Heather Aulisio’s favorite.
The marble zigs and zags, rolling down multiple levels, before coming to a rest on the cardboard track of the “roller coaster” designed by a team of eighth-graders in Broughal Middle School in Bethlehem.
While it may seem like fun and games, designing the coaster also served as a hands-on lesson on kinetic energy for nearly 190 students.
The Three Little Pigs, the Three Billy Goats Gruff and Rapunzel aren’t just familiar figures from fairy tales. They’re helping first-graders learn about science and math, too.
Lynette Miller, a teacher at Fermanagh-Mifflintown Elementary School in Juniata County, is using fairy tale-themed kits that teach basic science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts. Each kit features a problem children have to solve, and teaches them about the design process, creativity, and cause and effect.