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august 11, 2016
aps and phoenix suns team up to provide stem mini-grants to arizona teachers 
PHOENIX – What do cardboard boat races, worm farms, robot coding and solar car design have in common? They are all recent classroom projects funded by STEM mini-grants from APS and the Phoenix Suns. And, effective immediately, Arizona K-12 teachers in public and charter schools within APS’s service territory are invited to apply for STEM mini-grants for the 2016-17 school year. Grants will be awarded for teachers to implement innovative projects that help bring STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) to life.

For more than a decade, APS and the Phoenix Suns have partnered to promote STEM education in Arizona schools by offering $50,000 in mini-grants for hands-on projects focused on the STEM subjects. Grants of up to $2,500 each may be awarded, with a total of up to $50,000 available for the 2016-2017 school year.

“When students get to experience STEM subjects through interactive projects, something special happens,” said Tina Marie Tentori, Executive Director of the APS Foundation. “Whether the project is growing food through aquaponics and selling it at a farmers market, as was done by the Show Low High School STEM Club, or using lichen gardens to study climate change, a project taken on by seventh-grade science students at Flagstaff’s Northland Preparatory Academy, interactive learning creates a spark that often inspires students to pursue additional STEM studies, and eventually rewarding jobs in STEM-related careers.”

Teachers are invited to visit for program procedures, criteria and STEM mini-grants applications. There, they also will find a list of project summaries from the 2015-16 school year. Applications will be accepted online from August 8 to October 5, and recipients will be notified of the status of their application by November 8. For more information, teachers may contact Laura McBride, APS senior corporate giving specialist, at 602-250-2702 or by email at

About APS
APS serves about 2.7 million people in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is the Southwest’s foremost producer of clean, safe and reliable electricity. Using a balanced energy mix that is nearly 50 percent carbon-free, APS has one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, and owns and operates the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, the country’s top power producer and largest producer of carbon-free energy.  The company is also a proven leader in introducing technology and services that offer customers choice and control over their energy consumption.  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 49th season in the NBA with this year’s 2016-17 campaign. The fourth-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.

“When students get to experience STEM subjects through interactive projects, something special happens.”

- Tina Marie Tentori, Executive Director of the APS Foundation​