STEM grants for local schools

YUMA, Ariz. – Arizona Public Service (APS) and the Phoenix Suns are teaming up to help schools K-12 state-wide and Yuma County is no exception. $50,000 in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) grant money will be awarded to schools throughout the Grand Canyon State.

“We’ve seen students go out and do ecology projects, we’ve seen elementary students do roller coaster projects to learn about physics. So, it’s a great opportunity for teachers to get that money into their individual classrooms for projects,” said Anna Chaulk, Community Affairs Manager for APS.

Grants awarded can amount to as much as $2,500 according to APS officials. School officials say grants like these always come in handy.

“These grants always come in to support us and to allow us to deepen our educational opportunities for our kids in our community,” said Duane Sheppard, Associate Superintendent Yuma Elementary School District 1.

APS officials say this is a way for them to invest in the community and the future of thousands of kids throughout the state.

“We are growing our future workforce and when those kids come out of school on the other side of that we have a stronger workforce to choose from,” said Chaulk.

Schools interested in a chance at a STEM grant have until October 7th to submit their application.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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