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FirstEnergy Awards Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Grants to 17 Teachers in Ohio Edison Area

The grant winners, their schools and projects are:

  • Elizabeth Bissell, Edison Middle School, Berlin Heights – Building underwater remotely operated vehicles and competing to see which one can complete a task using the least amount of energy.
  • Christa Borling, St. Francis Xavier School, Medina – Learning about circuits and electricity by designing a lighted, battery-powered greeting card.
  • Janis Pridemore, North Elementary School, East Liverpool – Research house designs and build circuits to learn about switches, voltage, resistance and other electrical concepts.

"FirstEnergy has long supported educational activities in communities served by Ohio Edison, particularly those that encourage students to pursue careers in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics," said Dee Lowery, president of the FirstEnergy Foundation. "We are pleased to provide assist STEM projects this year that 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. Company-wide, these grants totaled almost $70,000 in 2017.

Grant recipients are recommended by local educators who make up FirstEnergy's Educational Advisory Council. As part of the program, recipients must furnish a written summary and evaluation of their projects that can be shared with other educators in FirstEnergy's service area.

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SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.