The WPS Foundation has awarded more than $20,000 to help teachers improve student STEM skills with its Innovative Educator Grants.
These Innovative Educator Grants will allow nearly two dozen area teachers new tools to enhance critical student skills, according to WPS. The Innovative Educator Grants are intended to help 6-12th grade teachers fund projects and initiatives which enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in their classrooms.
Here are a few examples the WPS Foundation highlighted for this year:
- Crivitz Middle School: Robotics and model vehicle kits that will help students learn scientific and engineering concepts
- Goodman-Armstrong Creek Middle/High School: A vinyl cutting machine that will be the first piece of equipment in a new fabrication lab area for the school
- Menominee Junior High School: Supplies that will allow students to take part in new classroom lessons and challenges that enhance science and engineering skills
- Wausaukee High School: Digital handheld microscopes and microscope imagers to help students better understand and see component that make up living organisms
“It’s clear that to be successful in our highly technological society, students will need to be capable in STEM,” said JoAnne Furton, a science teacher at Menominee Junior High School. “All of the junior high school students enrolled in science classes have had the opportunity to participate in STEM learning projects and will continue to be able to do so through the Innovative Educator Grants.”
Since 2007, the Innovative Educator Grants have helped fund more than 200 STEM-based projects as part of the WPS Foundation’s commitment to support students and teachers in its communities. During that time, more than $188,000 has been donated to area educators through the grant.
To receive a grant, teachers must work at a school within the WPS service area, and must demonstrate the project that would receive funding is a well-planned, integrated effort to improve STEM learning. Initiatives that receive a grant often assist students in multiple classes, and in some cases benefit an entire school.
Additional information on the Innovative Educator Grants can be found on the WPS website.