The APS Foundation, the charitable arm of Phoenix-based energy utility APS, has announced grants totaling $1.5 million to thirteen organizations in support of science, technology, engineering, and math education in Arizona.
Recipients include the Arizona Science Teachers Association, which was awarded $86,000 for a professional development program that will help teachers increase student achievement, build and maintain the leadership of Arizona science educators, and provide students with science education resources and information; Lowell Observatory, which will receive $56,500 for a program that pairs a professional astronomer with fifth- through eighth-grade teachers on Navajo and Hopi reservations for a school year; the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which was awarded $50,000 for a program that introduces young students to the practical uses of technology in STEM subjects; and the Southern Arizona Research Science and Engineering Foundation, which will receive $50,000 to bring STEM education to fifty schools in low-income rural areas.
"APS is committed to supporting the outstanding organizations doing great work throughout Arizona, particularly in the area of STEM education," said APS Foundation executive director Tina Marie Tentori. "Arizona jobs will increasingly depend on science, technology, engineering and math skills. These are the areas of study that drive today's global economy."