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Duke Energy to Match $200,000 for STEM Projects in Ohio and Kentucky Classrooms
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CINCINNATI -- Duke Energy is issuing a challenge: Donate toward a classroom learning project in Greater Cincinnati, and Duke Energy will match it – dollar-for-dollar.
The Classroom Crowdfunding Challenge is a partnership between the Duke Energy Foundation and DonorsChoose.org to help local public school teachers bring engaging science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects into their classrooms.
Here's how it works:
• Public school teachers can submit STEM project proposals (up to $2,000 per project) on DonorsChoose.org.
• Anyone can visit DonorsChoose.org, browse eligible projects and make a donation.
• Duke Energy will match donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to $200,000.
• Once a project is fully-funded, DonorsChoose.org buys the project materials and ships them directly to the teacher's school.
"Teachers are at the core of our communities, and some of the biggest influences in the lives of our children," said Jim Henning, president of Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky. "We're challenging our community to join this crowdfunding campaign, and help teachers bring innovative STEM projects to life for their students."
Duke Energy's $200,000 commitment, along with crowdsourced funds, will bring $400,000 worth of STEM education projects to public schools in Greater Cincinnati.
"We're deeply grateful for Duke Energy's support of Ohio and Kentucky STEM projects," said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. "So many local teachers will now have tools they need to teach and inspire our next generation of scientists and engineers."
Teachers can visit DonorsChoose.org/teachers to submit a project. Qualifying projects already posted to the site will automatically be eligible for Duke Energy's matching funds.
Parents and other members of the community can contribute to these projects by going to DonorsChoose.org and searching for projects by either school name or selecting the "Math and Science" project category.
High Roller Curriculum Brings STEM Subjects to Life for K-12 Students in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS – This fall, the High Roller observation wheel at The LINQ Promenade – an open-air shopping, dining and entertainment district at the center of the Las Vegas Strip – launches a dynamic partnership with the Clark County School District (CCSD) to teach K-12 students about critical science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) subjects in a thrilling way. In conjunction with the CCSD Community-Partnership Program, the new High Roller curricula not only incorporate the world's tallest observation wheel into STEM education, but they also give students an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour.
Age-appropriate lesson plans designed for grades K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12 combine classroom instruction with field trips to the High Roller, where STEM subjects will be brought to life. The program broadens participating students’ understanding of targeted subjects by encouraging them to ask questions, brainstorm solutions, listen to and critique their peers and, finally, present their ideas clearly and compellingly.
“The High Roller is not only a world-class attraction, but it is also an astonishing marvel of modern engineering,” added Bob Morse, president of hospitality for Caesars Entertainment. “We are thrilled to use the world’s tallest observation wheel to ignite excitement about STEM subjects among our community classrooms—after all, they are our future engineers and designers.”
K-2 students will describe and model their favorite kind of Ferris wheel during the classroom portion of the lesson plan. Students in grades 3-5 will be asked to design a new attraction for the Las Vegas Strip that is safe, cost-effective and energy efficient. Students in grades 6-8 will study the sum forces acting upon the Ferris wheel that enable it to rotate continuously. Finally, high school students will focus on the full design of a Ferris wheel by creating models, safety protocols and full operation of the structure. Students in all grades will have the opportunity to ride the High Roller in person, after which they will have a chance to revise their classroom work based on observations made during the field trip.
“STEM subjects are a critical component of K-12 education,” explains Cheryl Wagner, coordinator, Clark County School District School-Community Partnership Program. “Providing students with engaging experiential activities is very helpful to teachers as they address Nevada Academic Content Standards. Working with the High Roller to create, and then implement, such exciting and experiential lessons with our students and teachers is a great example of how a community partner can play an important role in STEM education with CCSD.”
For more information or to book a field trip, call (702) 533-0593 or visit www.LINQ.com.
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