For Release: 09/24/2019

Nurturing student success: Innovative Educator Grant available to teachers to grow STEM education

Green Bay - Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills are among the most versatile and valuable students can learn. The Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation is helping area teachers make these lessons interactive by providing them up to $1,000 each through its Innovative Educator Grants. Applications are open now through Oct. 31.

Middle and high school teachers in northeast and north central Wisconsin can apply for an Innovative Educator Grant on the WPS website. Grants are available to:

  • Purchase equipment, items or materials that improve STEM education for students.
  • Fund field trips that enhance classroom lessons and concepts.
  • Assist teachers in providing hands-on projects that otherwise would not be funded.
"Modern employment in a changing, innovating economy requires students to understand and work with today's technologies," said Scott Liddicoat, a science teacher at Green Bay Southwest High School who received a 2018 Innovative Educator Grant. "Thank you, WPS, for placing some of that technology in my hands."

Grants provide hands-on experience

Initiatives funded by the grant often assist students in multiple classes and, in some cases, benefit an entire school. Past examples include:

  • Light and temperature data collection tools.
  • A robotics and coding program for middle school students.
  • Solar energy education kits.
  • Electric circuit design kits.
The Innovative Educator Grant is part of the WPS Foundation's founding commitment to support students and teachers in the communities it serves. Since the grant's inception, more than $185,000 has been donated by the foundation to fund over 200 STEM projects.

To qualify for a grant, teachers must work at a school within the WPS service area, and must demonstrate the items or materials they will receive are part of a well-planned, integrated project or activity.

Learn more about the Innovative Educator Grant

For More Information, Contact:

WEC Energy Group