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Youngsters Learning Wonders of Science with Con Edison’s ‘STEM’ Grants

Con Edison has kicked off the third year for two programs to stimulate interest among thousands of middle school children in science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM subjects.

The programs have been so successful they have been expanded.

The first program, Con Edison STEM Days Out, provides $25,000 grants to cultural institutions in the five boroughs and Westchester County to conduct STEM lessons taught by educators at those institutions.

The number of cultural institutions teaching the lessons has expanded to 11.

They are:

·       Wave Hill and the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx

·       Brooklyn Children’s Museum

·       Brooklyn Botanic Garden

·       New York Aquarium, Brooklyn

·       Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Manhattan

·       American Museum of Natural History, Manhattan

·       National Museum of Math, Manhattan

·       New York Hall of Science, Queens

·       Staten Island Makerspace

·       Staten Island Museum

·       Hudson River Museum, Westchester

“Students will see and touch exhibits, and learn from experts they would not ordinarily meet at school,” said Frances A. Resheske, Con Edison Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students to broaden their perspectives by visiting these great centers of learning.”

STEM Days Out are held the first Wednesday of the month through May 2018. Title 1 public middle schools may apply to participate in the STEM Days Out. The cultural institutions will manage the selection process.

Con Edison’s ongoing support of STEM education continues with the second program. Con Edison’s STEM Classroom is a partnership with DonorsChoose.org. 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.

Con Edison provides more than $12 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.

Con Edison is committed to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve. Hundreds of nonprofit organizations in our service area benefit from our funding, in-kind donations, volunteer efforts, and other strategic resources. For more information, visit conEd.com/partnerships.

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