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Suns, APS seek applicants for STEM mini-grants

PRESCOTT - Arizona Public Service and the Phoenix Suns professional basketball team wants to encourage students between kindergarten and high school to consider becoming scientists, computer technology experts, engineers or mathematicians.

Beyond just talking a good game about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields, the Suns and the electric company are making this opportunity a slam-dunk for some by tossing money into the educational basket.

"We believe the future of Arizona's vitality depends on our ability to boost academic achievement, specifically in the STEM subjects," the two corporations said in a news release.

APS and the Suns will award STEM mini-grants of up to $2,500 to support innovative teaching strategies to enhance student performance in these subjects. The grants provide funding for any K-12 public or charter school teacher who provides hands-on STEM projects in their classrooms.

The only criteria for schools to apply is that they be located in an APS service territory.

So Prescott area teachers, and those across Yavapai County, who think they deserve some funding for equipment, classroom supplies, field trips, guest speakers or other things that will entice students into these fields should apply for one of the grants.

Last year, the program supported 24 teachers across the state.

Snowflake Junior High teacher Carlynn Patton said the grant she received allowed her students to provide a robotics class for younger students in the community, the release said.

"The turnout was so good, our local community college asked us to offer classes during the summer," Patton said in the news release.

Grant applications will be accepted online through Oct. 7. Applicants will be notified by Nov. 1.

To apply, visit APS.com/corporategiving.

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