Youngsters Learning Wonders of Science with Con Edison 'STEM' Grants

Programs Bring 10,000 Students & Museums Together -- Con Edison has started two programs to stimulate interest among thousands of middle school children in science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM subjects. [(see video)] (http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid3467804302001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAA3ijeYFE~,Zup9nhRYBuF-rtbkR5LBeVj1E1REEEBy&bctid=4517903908001)

The first program, Con Edison’s STEM Days Out, provides $25,000 grants to each of nine cultural institutions in the five boroughs and Westchester County to conduct STEM lessons taught by museum educators.

The $225,000 in total grants is part of Con Edison’s ongoing support of programs that promote education in STEM fields.

“Students will see and touch exhibits that they don’t have in their classrooms,” said Hilary Ayala, Con Edison director of Strategic Partnerships. “This is a chance for us to support teachers and students in our local schools.”

Schools can apply to participate in the STEM Days Out.  The cultural institutions will manage the selection process.

STEM Days Out are held the first Wednesday of the month, from October 2015 through May 2016. Title I public middle school classes will visit:

  • Wave Hill and the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx
  • The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
  • The American Museum of Natural History, The National Museum of Math, and the Intrepid in Manhattan
  • The New York Hall of Science in Queens
  • The Staten Island Museum
  • The Hudson River Museum in Westchester

The second program, Con Edison’s STEM Classroom, is a partnership with DonorsChoose.org. Through the organization, teachers ask the public to help fund classroom projects. Projects can range from buying 3D doodler pens for engineering projects to subscriptions for physics magazines.

With this program, public middle school teachers throughout New York City can submit STEM proposals to DonorsChoose.org.  When 50 percent of a project is funded through citizen donations, Con Edison will contribute the remaining 50 percent.

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Con Edison provides more than $10 million in financial and in-kind contributions to students and nonprofits in New York City and Westchester that enhance STEM education. Funding includes support for scholarships to students majoring in STEM fields, as well as program support for summer internships and year-round programs benefitting underprivileged and minority students.