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APS, Phoenix Suns award $50,000 in grants for STEM projects

PHOENIX – Teachers in three Yavapai County schools are among the 25 Arizona classrooms receiving grants from APS and the Phoenix Suns to promote STEM education.

As new technologies change how we live and work, today’s students must equip themselves with knowledge in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math to prepare for the jobs of the future, according to a press release from APS. For more than a decade, APS and the Suns have invested in the community by providing grants to teachers with projects to spark early and lasting interest in these critical subjects.

The grants, totaling $50,000, were available to kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers in public and charter schools located in APS service territories. The funds support innovative, student-based projects that improve student achievement in STEM-related subjects.

Prescott-area schools receiving grants for 2017 are:

• Franklin Phonetic Primary School, Prescott Valley. Kristi Goeke’s 150 students received $2,500 for their project, “Electric Circuit Unit.” Students will use a variety of beginning solar, wind power and standard electronic kits in order to explore electric circuit boards.

• Bagdad Elementary School, Bagdad. Leah Woodburn received $2,500 for her project titled “R2D2? No, It’s MINDSTORMS EV3!” The 110 Bagdad Elementary students will be provided with LEGO Mindstorms EV3 sets, and will use them to construct solar-powered robots! Not only will these be used in the classroom, but also by the school’s after-hours STEM club, the Cranium Crushers.

• Sedona Charter School, Sedona. Lisa Hirsch received $2,000 for her project, “Full STEAM Ahead to a Zero Waste School.” The 150 students will help design both a new, sustainable music room and a newly relocated playground space, which will include a shade structure housing solar energy panels. This comprehensive project will include a study of solar power, the planting of a pollinator garden, and the design of composting solutions.

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