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FPL energizes STEM education in Florida schools
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Posted: 2012 Sep 07 - 00:22

Throughout FPL's service territory, teachers and students can tap into opportunities to enrich their curriculum for the 2012-13 school year.

Florida Power & Light Company has announced its plan for supporting science, technology, energy and mathematics education in Florida schools for the 2012-13 academic year.

FPL's commitment to STEM education has led the company to develop a comprehensive inventory of tools and programs to help schools provide excellent and dynamic STEM education to students.

Here is a brief overview of the various programs:

Traveling school assembly program offered to schools

. Designed for kindergarten through fifth grade in schools throughout FPL's service territory.

. "Men in Black: The Kilowatt Connection" is a live drama that will delight students, while teaching them all about energy conservation.

. Show is produced by the National Theatre for Children.

. To schedule a show, call (800) 858-3999, Ext. 1.

Adopt-A-Classroom matching donation

. FPL will offer 1,500 classrooms $25 donations through Adopt-A-Classroom (organization links teachers with community partners and funds to purchase supplies for the classroom).

. Middle and high school teachers working in STEM subjects in the 28 school districts FPL provides service may be eligible for a matching donation.

. To qualify for the match, a teacher must receive at least a $25 donation through www.AdoptAClassroom.org/fpl.

Teacher grant programs

. All public, private and charter school teachers in FPL's service territory are eligible to apply for grants to create classroom projects focused on any form of energy education.

. Grants are awarded in increments of $500 to $2,500 and the application deadline is Nov. 15. Winners will be announced by the end of this year.

. For more information, please visit www.FPL.com/community/learning/solarstations.shtml.

Teacher workshops

. Teachers in FPL's service territory are invited to attend one of three, full-day workshops to learn how to incorporate energy technology into their teaching plans.

. Workshops will include lessons on how solar energy works, hands-on activities, and curriculum materials related to energy.

. FPL will provide a $125 stipend to attending teachers to fund their travel and meals for the day.

. Workshop space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

. Upcoming workshops include:

. Oct. 4: Turner Agri Center (tour of FPL DeSoto Solar Plant included) in Arcadia

. Oct. 17: Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa

. Nov. 7: FPL's Energy Encounter on Hutchinson Island

FPL's larger commitment to the state

This is the fourth year FPL has supported the Energy Teacher Grant Program, which has now awarded more than $122,000 for 120 teacher projects across FPL's 35-county service territory.

The awards 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.

Beyond the teacher projects, FPL has installed Next Generation Solar Energy Station arrays at 14 educational facilities across Florida and built three large-scale solar power plants to supply power to its customers.

For more information about Florida Power & Light, visit www.FPL.com.

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