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Arizona teachers invited to apply for STEM Project Grants

APS and Phoenix Suns team up to provide STEM Teacher Grants

What do solar-powered race cars, weather balloon launches, and raised bed organic gardening have in common? They are all projects that brought STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) to life in Arizona classrooms thanks to grant funding from Arizona Public Service Company (APS) and the Phoenix Suns. Now, Arizona K-12 teachers in public and charter schools within APS service territory can apply for up to $2,500 for projects they dream up for their students.

“Studies show the best way to get students interested in STEM is through hands-on projects that involve interactive problem solving,” says APS Director of Community Affairs, Tina Marie Tentori. “We want to help light the spark that leads to a continued pursuit of education in the STEM fields and may inspire students to pursue careers in healthcare, technology, energy, or jobs that don’t even exist yet!”

APS and the Phoenix Suns have contributed more than $650,000 since the program began in 2005 to enhance STEM education in Arizona schools. Each year, the STEM Teacher Grants program provides grants of up to $2,500 per teacher with a total of up to $50,000 available during the 2021-22 school year.

Arizona K-12 teachers in public and charter schools within APS service territory are invited to get creative, develop innovative hands-on STEM project ideas and apply by October 1, 2021. Applicants will be notified of grant awards in November, and funds will be awarded in December for projects to be implemented January through May 2022.

Young boy doing a science experiment.
About APS
APS serves more than 1.3 million homes and businesses in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is a leader in delivering affordable, clean and reliable energy in the Southwest. The company is committed to serving customers with 100% clean power by 2050. As owner and operator of Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest producer of carbon-free electricity, and with one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, APS’s current energy mix is 50% clean. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).

About Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns, Arizona’s original professional sports team, enters its 51st season in the NBA with this year’s 2018-19 campaign. The 4th winningest team in NBA history, the Suns’ success is highlighted by two MVP’s, 23 All-Stars and 29 Playoff appearances during its time in the Association. The club has left an indelible mark off the court as well, donating more than $17 million to Arizona non-profits since the inception of Phoenix Suns Charities in 1988, and positively impacting thousands of young lives each year.

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