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Area Schools Get Money From WPS Foundation For STEM Projects

Camp Pendleton

Educators from three area school districts have picked up grants that aid in what's known as STEM curriculum.

Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation’s Innovative Educator Grants have been awarded to Tomahawk and Crandon schools, along with Prairie Pines middle school in Merrill.

WPS spokesperson Matt Cullen details the grants...

"This year, we are awarding more than $24,000 to 27 teachers throughout north central and northeast Wisconsin that can improve student learning and student knowledge in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math..."

Each year, the WPS Foundation provides the grants to help 6-12th grade teachers fund interactive projects or initiatives.

Projects being funded in the Northwoods area this year include at Tomahawk High School, a robotics team enabling students to develop engineering, construction and computing programming skills. At Crandon High School,materials and supplies to allow students to collect energy generation data from the school’s solar panels and construct other machines powered by solar energy. At Prairie River Middle School, they will use an after-school science lab that develops STEM skills through hydroponic plant production.

Cullen says projects that are awarded a grant often help students in multiple classrooms and in some cases benefit the entire school district.

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