Twelve teachers in Brevard County have just received a total of $9,985 in grants from Florida Power & Light Company to fund classroom projects, which aim to teach students about energy.
Though, in today's economy a robust science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is essential to ensure students' competitiveness, funds for STEM education are increasingly scarce. That's why FPL offers its teacher grant program every year to support STEM education about renewable energy sources. Over the program's history, 175 teachers have received a total of more than $175,000 for classroom projects.
The winning teachers and schools in Brevard County are:
Elizabeth Faulkner, Apollo Elementary School
Naim Torlak, Bayside High School
Teresa Arrouet, Brevard Virtual School
Somer Y. Sutton, Heritage High School
Randy Lyons, Heritage High School
Sherry Love, Jupiter Elementary
Tonya Doughty and Christine Gayle, Jupiter Elementary
Joseph Harvey, Merrit Island High School/DaVinci Academy of Aerospace Technology
Holly Mentillo, Ocean Breeze Elementary School
Stacey O'Connor and Tom Englert, R.L. Stevenson School of the Arts
The awards range from $500 to $2,500 per project, based on the proposed budget and number of students that will benefit, and come from the NextEra Energy Foundation, which is funded by shareholders of FPL's parent company, NextEra Energy Inc., the nation's largest producer of renewable energy from the wind and the sun.
Award recipients are selected by the National Education Energy Development project, a nonprofit organization working with energy companies and agencies to bring balanced energy curriculum and training to the nation's classrooms.
Projects were judged according to stated goals, energy content, creativity and plans for budget and evaluation.
Completed projects may be featured on FPL's Solar Station website at www.FPL.com/solarstations.
For more information, call (305) 445-9750.