Regional STEM Education Center receives PPL grant

BLOOMSBURG – Bloomsburg University's Regional STEM Education Center received a $25,000 grant from the PPL Foundation. The funds will support the GI-STEM: Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Day for regional Girl Scouts on Saturday, March 4, 2017, and the Great STEM Adventure Camps June 5–9, 2017, at Bloomsburg University.

GI-STEM Day encourages Girl Scouts in Brownies (second and third grades), Juniors (fourth and fifth grades), and Cadettes (sixth-eighth grades) to get excited about the STEM field. The day, designed to teach girls how to enjoy both learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and be very successful in school in STEM subjects. During the program, Girl Scouts move through hands-on STEM stations facilitated by Bloomsburg University education and nursing majors to learn about STEM principles. Also, the Girl Scouts will hear from female STEM speakers and have presentations from Mad Science of Lehigh Valley and Chesapeake Bay Field Research Station. 

The STEM Adventure Camps provide an avenue for students going into grades 5-10 to develop their science, technical, engineering, and math interests and abilities. The three camps provide different experiences. The Explorers camp explores the environment and our interaction with it every day through the exploration of environmental, geographical, and geological sciences. The Investigators camp provides students an opportunity to learn about the biological sciences through experiments and dissections. Finally, the Innovators camp offers a chance to develop technical skills and interests in the world of computers by experimenting with computer forensics, coding, and encryption, and study computer programming. All campers also participate in STEM activities each afternoon.

“We are very thankful for the continued support of the PPL Foundation for the BU STEM Education Center,” said Elizabeth Mauch, Ph.D., Dean, College of Education. “The money helps us inspire young students to get involved in STEM in addition to our education majors who get practical hands-on experience in this area as well.”

“Throughout the communities PPL serves, there are tremendous organizations and people working to strengthen our communities and expand opportunities for those who might not otherwise have them,” said Ryan Hill, president of the PPL Foundation. “We’re pleased to support The Regional STEM Education Center as it works to make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives.”

The PPL Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. This year, the PPL Foundation received nearly 100 applications requesting more than $5 million during its highly competitive grant cycle. The Regional STEM Education Center was one of 14 organizations to be selected for an award.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.