Southwestern Energy and CFOV Award STEM Education Grants
Learning may have taken on a remote form for much of the current school year, but that didn’t stop area teachers from seeking ways to inspire students to explore and understand real-world concepts. Thanks to grant funding made possible through Southwestern Energy (SWN) and the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV), local educators will now be equipped with new resources to bring STEM-based learning to life.
The grant opportunity demonstrates SWN’s ongoing commitment to STEM education and supports the energy company’s desire to be an active corporate citizen while enhancing elements of the educational process. Area teachers submitted proposals as part of the competitive application cycle. By partnering with CFOV, the energy company was able to take a strategic approach to the process. This year, over one thousand students from 22 classrooms representing all grade levels in Brooke, Marshall and Ohio counties will benefit from these awards which total $10,350.23. The grant program, first launched in 2018, has funded projects in 59 classrooms.
“Our company is committed to supporting educators in their mission to provide creative and unique experiences for students, especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math,” said Amy Dobkin, community relations manager, Southwestern Energy. “Partnering with the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley to support these efforts helps to maximize resources and provide the most benefit for our area’s educators and their students.”
Grantees were recognized during a reception at the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley.
“We are continually impressed by the creativity and dedication demonstrated through this grant opportunity. Southwestern Energy is committed to equipping teachers in this way, and we are grateful to be a partner in the process. Collaborative efforts like this benefit everyone involved for all the right reasons and it’s a powerful demonstration of impact,” shared Susie Nelson, executive director of CFOV.
*denotes schools with multiple recipients
|Bridge Street Middle School, grades 6-8||Clean water project|
|Brooke Middle School, grades 7-8||Elec-freaks STEM kit|
|Cameron Elementary School, grades K-2||STEM lab|
|Cameron Middle/High School, grades 3-5||Garden project|
|Center McMechen Elementary, grade 3||STEM kits|
|Glen Dale Elementary School, grade 3||Global Challenges project|
|Hilltop Elementary, grade 2||STEM kits|
|John Marshall High School, grades 9-12||FabLab project|
|Middle Creek Elementary School, TK-K*||Garden/butterfly project and math manipulatives|
|Sherrard Middle School, grades 6-8||Drone project|
|Steenrod Elementary||STEM bins|
|Warwood School, grades 2-8*||Circuits Project, water/air/soil testing and simulated workplace projects|
|Washington Lands, grades 1-2*||STEM kits and equipment|
|West Liberty Elementary School, grades PK-5*||Sensory Path, Blacklight project and 3Doodler EDU Start Learning Pack|
|Woodsdale Elementary School, K-1*||STEM kits and finch robot|