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STEM Classroom Makeover Grant to award $500,000 to 10 schools

STEM Classroom Makeover Grant to award $500,000 to 10 schools

NextEra Energy Foundation’s new grant will help break down barriers to opportunity for the next generation of innovators.

NextEra Energy, Inc., and its subsidiaries Florida Power & Light Company and Gulf Power, will award a $50,000 classroom makeover to 10 schools to improve technology, equipment and resources as part of a continued commitment to STEM education. Grant applications are accepted through November 15, 2021 and all public, private and charter schools at all grade levels are eligible to apply at fpl.com/classroomgrant.

This grant is intended to provide transformational learning opportunities for Black students in a classroom setting, as applying classrooms must have a minimum of 25% Black students. Funds are available to address needs in infrastructure, technology or resources (i.e., software, equipment, books, training of teachers, tutors, paraprofessionals) to advance STEM curriculum and increase exposure of Black students to STEM education and careers.
H.L. Watkins Middle School – a Title 1 school in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. – was able to take its Robotics & Engineering STEM Academy to the next level with FPL support and funding.

“The robotics lab that FPL sponsored has been an invaluable resource to not only introduce students to robotics and engineering – but to help them further their quest to high school and beyond,” said William Colman, robotics teacher and coach at H.L. Watkins Middle.
“We are thankful for the support and collaboration.”

Applicants will also be asked to declare Title One status (while not a requirement but will be given additional weight in selection process).
Applicants will identify a fiscal agent that will manage funds (preferred partner is local education foundation), upload a W-9 for fiscal agent and submit a letter from their principal supporting application.
STEM Classroom Makeover Grants will be awarded to 10 schools per year with five being in FPL/Gulf Power’s service area and five outside of Florida from 2021 through 2024. Recipients will be announced December 2021 and classroom updates will begin in January 2022.

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NextEra Energy is committed to supporting our communities to help make them better places to live, work and raise a family. One way we do this is by supporting education programs that enrich students’ experiences, as it relates to science and math programs, and which many times help break down barriers to opportunity. For more information visit, fpl.com/education

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