Guernsey County educators receive Duke ICAN! mini-grants

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NELSONVILLE — In partnership with the Duke Energy Foundation, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio announces the awarding of 23 ICAN! Classroom Enrichment Mini-Grants for over $25,000 to support the efforts of teachers across the region in connecting their classrooms with Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Medicine related businesses and professions.

Distributed to K-12 educators with a wide range of innovative classroom goals, funding from these 23 grants will be used for hands-on learning initiatives that range from training in meteorological forecasting or fuel cell related technology research to health industry exploration - all with the common goal of introducing the next generation of Appalachian Ohioans to important new career opportunities. Through collaboration with local businesses in the classroom or during class field-trips, each grant will contribute a unique educational experience meant to engage students with essential skills and tools.

“As a leader in innovation and technology, Duke Energy is excited to contribute to an initiative that focuses on so many important components of impactful classroom education,” said Karen Monday, vice president of the Duke Energy Foundation. “The career training and research aspect of this mini-grants program provides important vocational opportunities that each student should experience before he or she chooses to move forward into the unique challenges of collegiate education or the workforce.”

In the past, FAO has heard from educators across the region about how important it is to introduce students to potential career pathways, with an emphasis on the education needed for professional success. The 2012 ICAN! mini-grants will provide unique opportunities for students to see a direct application of their current studies in today’s dynamic workforce. In addition, students and educators will capture these experiences on iPads so that what they learn about different professions can be widely accessible to other students across the region through a Virtual STEMM Platform.

Two Guernsey County educators received Duke ICAN! mini-grants. Jill Ross of Brook Elementary School will use her $1,163.84 to help students conduct an engineering showcase, in which engineering professionals in the community will be guest speakers at the school. The showcase will be filmed and shared with other classes within the district. Students will also gain hands-on experience in engineering by constructing structurally varied bridges using K’NEX kits.

Molly Kaplet of Meadowbrook Middle School will use her $1,225 grant to introduce students to medical careers and interview professionals within the field. Students will visit the Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, as well as host professionals in the classroom.

“Going forward, the path we take as a region will be determined by our commitment to education and innovation,” said Cara Dingus Brook, FAO president and CEO. “This set of 23 mini-grants is a direct contribution to those educators working on the front lines of the fight for student success and opportunity in Appalachian Ohio. We couldn’t be prouder to work alongside Duke Energy as a partner in such a wonderful initiative.”

For a complete list of all 2012 ICAN! Classroom Enrichment Mini-Grants or to learn more please visit FAO’s website at www.appalachianohio.org

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is a regional community foundation serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio with the mission of enriching the region’s current and future quality of life. Visit www.appalachianohio.org.

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with more than $100 billion in total assets. Visit www.duke-energy.com. 

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