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Nurturing Brighter Futures

AEP and its operating companies teamed with schools, universities and other groups to provide access to STEM education across our service territory.

Girl Scouts of Central Texas is going mobile thanks to a $45,000 grant from the AEP Foundation. The organization used the funds to purchase a Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan and charging station to create the Mobile STEM Experience Center. The Center provides programming including both materials and expert program facilitators, and covers subject matter including, robotics, mechanical engineering, and circuitry exploration. The girls practice STEM skills in a fun and accessible environment to become competitive in a 21st century workforce.

Indiana Michigan Power awarded $50,000 in grants to 21 schools in Fort Wayne, South Bend and Rockport, IN and Southwest Michigan for their robotics teams. The teams participate in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competitions that are high-tech spectator sporting events demonstrating participants’ success in brainstorming, teamwork and meeting deadlines. FIRST categories are available to students from second through twelfth grade.

Members of Southwestern Electric Power Company's Black American Resource Group (BERG) visited with students at Caddo Heights Math/Science Elementary School in Shreveport, LA. Employees saw firsthand how students are exploring the world of science in a new STEM lab. They also donated white lab coats and protective eyewear to the school as part of the 2021 Back to School Supply Drive. In addition, they shared the various paths available to students as they consider their future careers.

A five-year, $250,000 AEP Foundation grant helps The Education Alliance provide work-based learning experiences, like this capstone project call with Appalachian Power employees for students in nine rural West Virginia high schools.
Indiana Michigan Power presented an AEP Foundation grant of $216,000 to the Potawatomi Zoological Society. The grant will create a classroom inside the zoo’s Education Complex so local children can learn about STEM.
A five-year, $250,000 AEP Foundation grant supports the Reading Partners program in Tulsa Public Schools.