FirstEnergy’s STEM Classroom Grants are $1,000 grants for educators pre-K through grade 12 and youth group leaders located in communities served by First Energy’s electric operating companies and where the company has generating plants or does business.
Who Can Apply?
Educators (Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12) and youth group leaders are encouraged to apply if their school or group is located in communities served by FirstEnergy’s electric operating companies (Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company, Toledo Edison, Penn Power, Met-Ed, Penelec, Jersey Central Power & Light, West Penn Power, Mon Power and Potomac Edison), or in communities where the company has generating plants or does business.
What Kinds Of Classroom Projects Will Be Considered?
Any creative classroom project dealing with science, technology, engineering or mathematics will be considered. Projects that incorporate the following components are of the greatest interest:
- Designed to improve, advance and enrich student learning
- One-time, one-year implementation and evaluation
- Flexible and appropriate for targeted stage of student development
- Range from formative ideas that explore learning concepts to fully tested models that are ready to be adopted and disseminated
- Clearly explain how the items requested for funding are vital to the project’s successful completion • Include additional support from other sources for larger projects
- Networking, mentoring, interdisciplinary or team-teaching, and teacher training/professional development
- Focus on electricity and electricity production
Projects must be completed during the 2017-2018 academic year. Grants may be used to compensate experts who come to work with students and educators, but not to pay teachers or staff. Resources requested should be integral components of a well-planned classroom project/lesson plan, and important to its success.
What Is Not Supported By This STEM Classroom Grant?
This grant is for resources needed for individual classroom projects. If more than one classroom is undertaking the same or a similar project, only one grant per school may be awarded. The following are not supported by this grant:
- Laboratory supplies, books or equipment for general school use
- Media equipment (computers, digital cameras, projectors, white boards, DVD players, etc.) and furniture (display and book cases, carts, etc.)
- Admission fees and stipends for conferences, workshops and competitions
- Transportation, incentives, meals and refreshments
- Previously funded projects
- Routine responsibilities of the educator submitting the proposal
- Projects that require multiple academic years for completion