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Wisconsin Public Service Corporation

For Release: 12/07/2017

WPS Foundation awards more than $25,000 to help improve student STEM skills

To support area educators and strengthen student achievement in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation is awarding more than $25,000 to 28 classrooms as part of its 2017 Innovative Educator Grants.

Recipients of the 11th annual Innovative Educator Grants were chosen from more than 50 entries submitted by sixth- through 12th-grade teachers throughout northeastern and north central Wisconsin. Some of the initiatives this year's grants will help fund include:

  • Green Bay West High School – Flexible 3-D models to solidify learning about the human body.
  • Lena Middle/High School – A STEM enrichment classroom that will allow students to design and engineer different types of models, robots and structures.
  • Marinette Middle School – An outdoor educational program that will introduce students to the natural habitats of plants and wildlife in northeastern Wisconsin.
  • Tigerton Junior/Senior High School – A robotics program enabling middle school students to learn programming and coding skills.
  • Washington Elementary School (Stevens Point) – Hands-on lessons on the scientific principles of space exploration and on astronomy.
  • Wrightstown Middle School – Lessons and instruction on computer coding as part of a new course offered to seventh- and eighth-grade students.
“The models and slides we are receiving through the Innovative Educator Grant will really make a difference in the successful instruction, application and long-term retention of content knowledge related to human anatomy and physiology,” said Tonya Young, Green Bay West High School science department chairwoman.

“Our kids already have and will continue to benefit greatly from this program, and we are excited to have these resources,” said Matt Hanson, an associate principal at Marinette Middle School.

Since the Innovative Educator Grant's inception in 2007, the WPS Foundation has provided more than $165,000 to fund 183 projects aimed at helping students improve their skills in STEM subjects. Projects that are awarded a grant often enhance learning in multiple classrooms, and in some cases can benefit an entire school.

A complete list of this year’s grant recipients can be found here. More information about the Innovative Educator Grant can be found at

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