PPL awards $10,000 in grants to five schools

PPL Corporation recently awarded five of its Empowering Educators grants to Pennsylvania schools.

A total of $10,000 will be divided among the Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences, in Hazleton; Northwest Area High School, in Shickshinny; Scranton High School, in Scranton; St. Thomas More School, in Allentown; and Stroudsburg Intermediate Elementary School in Stroudsburg.

The grants will support science, technology, engineering and math programs at the schools.

“The success of our future work force depends on today’s students having experience in and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math,”  Lissette Santana, manager of corporate relations for PPL, said. “The teachers and school projects PPL supports through the Empowering Educators grants help generate students’ interest in those areas.”

Each winning school outlined projects that will utilize the grant money provided by PPL.

Northwest Area High School will use the money on its Robot Generator, a project that has students build robots that conduct electricity using a magnet and wire coils. Scranton High School will use the funds on its Winds of Energy Change for a New Generation program, which teaches industrial arts and environmental science students about energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy through construction of a wind turbine for the school.

Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences will use the grant money for its "Energy Efficiency and Home Automation: Student Solutions for the 21st Century program." St. Thomas More will put the funds toward its Energizing Education program, which allows students to design and conduct experiments on energy efficiency. The Stroudsburg school will use the money to host a science and math fair. 

Projects were chosen by PPL employees and professionals in educational and environmental fields.

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