Akron, Ohio-based diversified energy company FirstEnergy Corp. has awarded nine Maryland teachers science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classroom grants totaling more than $6,500, including one for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) education.
According to FirstEnergy, the grants will be used for a variety of hands-on projects, workshops and academic programs across the Potomac Edison service area. Potomac Edison, a FirstEnergy utility, serves about 257,000 customers in seven Maryland counties and more than 137,000 customers in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
Tom Mazzone, a teacher from Hancock Middle School, has been awarded a FirstEnergy grant for a project called “The sky’s the limit.” Through the educational program, students will be able to learn about using drones specifically for agricultural purposes.
Last year at this time, as part of its STEM classroom grants in Pennsylvania’s West Penn Power utility service area, FirstEnergy awarded Nick Arico from Charleroi Area High School a grant for a “building a working drone” project.
“FirstEnergy has long supported educational activities in our Maryland service area, particularly those that encourage students to pursue careers in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” explains James Sears, president of Maryland operations for FirstEnergy. “We are pleased to provide assistance to several STEM projects this year in our Potomac Edison service territory to support our students, schools and educators as they work to help build a strong workforce for the future.”
FirstEnergy offers grants up to $1,000 to individual teachers and administrators at schools served by its electric utility operating companies and in communities where it has facilities.
Grant recipients are recommended by local educators who make up FirstEnergy’s educational advisory council. As part of the program, recipients must provide a written summary and evaluation of their projects that can be shared with other educators in FirstEnergy’s service area.