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APS awards teachers mini-grants

Three Yavapai County teachers received mini-grants for hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects from Arizona Public Service (APS) and the Phoenix Suns. The two companies recently awarded 26 Arizona teachers with $50,000 in STEM mini-grants for the classroom.

JJ Depanfilis at Bagdad Elementary School received a $2,500 grant for the If We Build It, They Will Learn program for fourth- and fifth-grade students. The grant will provide introduction to the fundamentals of simple machines, structures and mechanisms using the Mechanisms Classroom Pack from Lego.

Dr. Ali Conant at Coyote Springs Elementary School in Prescott Valley received a $2,500 grant for A True STEAM Experience: An Excursion to the Biosphere project, where students will experience Earth's largest living science center dedicated to exploring the environment, the future and the planet.

Lori Bomar at Model Creek School in Peeples Valley received a $2,000 grant for the STEM Club, where students will learn with the Full Option Science System, introducing hands-on activities into the STEM club.

The grants, presented as a partnership between APS and the Phoenix Suns for more than a decade, 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.

Follow Sue Tone on Twitter @ToneNotes. Reach her at 928-445-3333, ext. 2043, or 928-642-7867.

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