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Win Big for STEM

Sparking your students imagination? Apply now for a classroom grant

Do you have a bright idea to spark your students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)? PPL would like to provide the funding power you need to bring that idea to life.

The PPL Empowering Educators program is designed to help K-12 teachers provide hands-on learning opportunities to enhance the classroom experience.

Through these competitive grants, teachers can receive $1,000 in funding for educational projects such as science fairs, energy conservation projects, renewable energy demonstrations, math competitions and more.

More than 115 teachers have received grants since the program started in 2003.

About the grants

https://www.pplweb.com/grant-application/The grants are open to public school K-12 teachers in school districts in the 29 Pennsylvania counties served by PPL.This year, PPL will award $25,000 in Empowering Educators grants. Since the program started in 2003, PPL has awarded more than $180,000 for projects in 118 schools.

Twenty five (25) teachers will receive $1,000 for supplies to help make their projects a reality. Each team will be judged on its project proposal, its school need, and potential overall impact.

The teachers and their students will be invited to celebrate their completed projects during a regional reception in June 2018.

Applications will be accepted from August 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017

Grant recipients will be notified via email by November 1, 2017. Each project must be completed by May 1, 2018. A final report must be submitted online May 8, 2018.

2016-2017 Winners

Justin Kast, Easton Area High School →

Steve Toth, Lower Macungie Middle School →

  • Kimberly Jacovelli, B.F. Morey Elementary School, Stroudsburg, Pa., for “Morey School-Wide STEM Projects,” which will get all students in the K-4 school involved in STEM activities.
  • Justin Kast, Easton Area High School, Easton, Pa., for “Starstruck-VEX Robotics and Automation Engineering Competition,” in which student teams research, design and build robots for eventual competition.
  • William Graziano, Forest City Regional, Forest City, Pa., to create a school-wide maker space with a 3D printer to be used by students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • Elizabeth Sterling, Greenwood Friends School, Millville, Pa., for “Brain Power for Human Power,” in which students will use STEM skills to design and create three human-powered electricity generators.
  • Kristin Stuby, Liberty High School, Bethlehem, Pa., to lead students in the design, building and testing of a carnival game to be used to engage the community.
  • Paul Breon, Liberty Valley Elementary School, Danville, Pa., to implement a 3D printer students will use to design and create an object that solves a problem.
  • Steve Toth, Lower Macungie Middle School, Macungie, Pa., for the “Motorsports Engineering Club,” which provides hands-on exposure to STEM subjects through motorsports. Functioning as a race team, the students learn skills ranging from mechanics to finance.
  • Tina Klotzbeecher, Melrose School, Harrisburg, Pa., for “Solar Car Racing,” in which students will harness the power of the sun to design, construct and evaluate solar-powered cars.
  • Karen Avery, Montoursville Area High School, Montoursville, Pa., for “Modeling Molecules that Matter,” in which students will choose and model a molecule that has implications for the human population.
  • Sarah Cummings, Ritter Elementary School, Allentown, Pa., for “Mobile Maker Space,” which will provide a maker space lab for students to invent, experiment and create using STEM skills.
  • Matthew Rogers, Salisbury Elementary School, Gap, Pa., for “4th Graders Exploring Coding,” in which students will learn critical thinking, logical reasoning and foundational computer-coding skills by developing a program to operate classroom robots.
  • Victoria Savo, Swiftwater Intermediate School, Swiftwater, Pa., to launch a maker space with a curated collection of STEM activity kits to engage students in grades 4-6.
  • Dylan Peters, Tamaqua Elementary School, Tamaqua, Pa., for “Empowering Students Through Coding and Engineering Design,” which aims to help students create, collaborate and think critically to solve 21st century problems.
  • Karen Price, Union Terrace Elementary School, Allentown, Pa., for “Origins of Energy,” a project in which students will use hands-on activities, internet resources and apps to learn about the nature of energy.
  • Katie Leach, Weatherly Area High School, Weatherly, Pa., for “3D Printing in the 21st Century,” which will implement a 3D printer to enhance the curriculum for students in several disciplines of study, including drafting, history, geography and chemistry.


If you have a project in mind or need more information about PPL’s grants program, please email community@pplweb.com.