Nov 08, 2018

Today’s STEM students could be tomorrow’s utility leaders

Nov. 8 is National STEM Day, but at PPL we’re working year-round to support educators who are helping their students advance in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Our engineers, electricians and skilled technicians are working to maintain a safe, reliable grid to deliver electricity to our customers. They are also focused on the grid of the future, installing innovative devices and building new infrastructure that will help pave the way for advances in cleaner energy.

The Mega Brain, seen here at South Mountain Middle School in Allentown, is part of the Da Vinci Science Center’s traveling STEM exhibit that aims to excite students about careers in STEM fields such as medicine and engineering.

Today’s students will be the workers of tomorrow and getting children excited about STEM subjects at a young age helps build a strong foundation that will be critical for our industry and so many others.

That’s why we support various STEM programs, all year round, that show results. We’re supporting:

• 4-year-old preschool students designing buildings out of cardboard in their STEM-focused classroom.

• 100 teenagers getting an inside look at cybersecurity and smart grid during an annual career exploration day.

•  25 teachers who receive grants to support STEM projects that spark curiosity in their students.

•  Six young engineers who partner with high school science teachers to mentor students in coding and engineering.

• Thousands of Girl Scouts throughout the state who participate in hands-on experiments delivered by a mobile STEM lab.

These are just a few of the programs PPL supports through contributions to nonprofit organizations or the volunteer efforts of employees.

We’re proud to help build a strong foundation in education, which is critical to the success of today’s students.

A student at Freedom High School in Bethlehem demonstrates how to use a 3D printer in the school’s engineering-focused class as part of the school’s Project Lead the Way career pathway program.