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​december 14, 2016
aps, phoenix suns award $50,000 in grants to arizona teachers for hands-on stem projects
PHOENIX – New technologies are changing the ways we live and work. Soon, driverless cars, artificial intelligence and virtual reality will be the norm. Today’s students must equip themselves with knowledge in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math to prepare for the jobs of the future. APS and the Phoenix Suns are investing in our community by providing grants to teachers around the state that will be used to spark early and lasting interest in these critical subjects.
 
For more than a decade, APS and the Phoenix Suns have partnered to promote STEM education in Arizona schools by offering $50,000 annually in mini-grants for hands-on projects focused on STEM subjects. The grants were available to kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers in public and charter schools located in APS service territories. The funds support innovative, student-based projects that improve student achievement in STEM-related subjects.
 
Today, the two organizations announced that teachers from 25 Arizona classrooms received grants to promote learning around science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics.
 
“Students around the state are in for a real treat,” said Tina Marie Tentori, Executive Director of the APS Foundation. “Thanks to these grants, these 25 teachers will be engaging students with robot programming, creating a zero-waste school, 3-D printing from recycled plastic bottles, and sustainable gardening, to name a few. I have no doubt that these interactive projects will inspire students to pursue additional STEM studies and, eventually, rewarding STEM careers.”
 
The list of schools that received grants for 2017 can be seen here:
STEM Mini-Grant Recipients.
 
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 $18 million to Arizona non-profits since the inception of Phoenix Suns Charities in 1988, and positively impacting thousands of young lives each year. 
“Thanks to these grants, these 25 teachers will be engaging students with robot programming, creating a zero-waste school, 3-D printing from recycled plastic bottles, and sustainable gardening, to name a few. I have no doubt that these interactive projects will inspire students to pursue additional STEM studies and, eventually, rewarding STEM careers.”
- Tina Marie Tentori, Executive Director
 of the APS Foundation