NELSONVILLE — In partnership with the Duke Energy Foundation, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio has announced that it can now offer ICAN! Classroom Enrichment Mini-Grants to support the efforts of teachers across the region in connecting their classrooms with Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, or Medicine (STEMM) related businesses and professions.
Applications for the 2012-2013 academic year are invited from K-12 teachers and/or guidance counselors throughout the 32-county region of Appalachian Ohio for projects that will increase students’ interest in careers associated with STEMM through in-house or on-site field trips to an area business.
Access to a rigorous STEMM education has become increasingly necessary for our region’s students as they prepare to enter a global workplace with the problem solving skills and 21st century technical knowledge needed to succeed. To assist educators in making the connection to businesses and introducing students to the workplace application of classroom lessons, FAO will provide ICAN! Classroom Enrichment Mini-Grants.
“Duke is proud to partner with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio in supporting teachers’ efforts to introduce students to professional applications of classroom lessons,” said Karen Monday, vice president Duke Energy Foundation Ohio/Kentucky. “We believe STEMM education is critical to future workplace success and are pleased to be part of a program that will not only connect classrooms with businesses, but will put the technology in place for students to share their experiences across the region.”
Additionally, Duke Energy’s partnership leverages the funding of the Foundation’s ICAN! Corporate Partners to provide an additional $25,000 in available funding for applications in their service areas. Supporting ICAN! Corporate Partners include: Diagnostic Hybrids, a Quidel Company, developing, manufacturing and selling innovative diagnostic products for a wide range of viral and thyroid diseases; ED MAP, tailoring full-service bookstore service solutions incorporating eBooks, custom materials, print textbooks, and educational supplies; Oxford Mining, employing hundreds of people throughout Appalachian Ohio with a commitment to increasing quality of life throughout the region; and the Tata group of companies, India’s largest and most respected business group operating internationally across seven business sectors.
All applications must be submitted electronically by Friday, September 7. FAO aspires to distribute at least one award in each of the 32 counties, where appropriate, and has approximately $85,000 in available funding for awards. To learn more about the Duke Energy ICAN! Classroom Enrichment Grants or access the electronic application, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.appalachianohio.org or call 740-753-1111.