grants for teachers

It is common for teachers to dig into their bank accounts to buy needed items for their students and classrooms. 

This school year, 28 teachers across the state have extra cash to purchase new math and science tools after being awarded Salt River Project (SRP) Learning Grants. SRP gave more than $124,000 to be used by teachers for a variety of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) projects, ranging from robotics to lab equipment. Grants are up to $5,000 per school.

SRP contributes more than $1.3 million annually to education initiatives, grants and partnerships and provides free training and resources to educators throughout the state. To apply, learn more about SRP Grants for Teachers, and get grant-writing tips, visit srpnet.com/education.

Here are this year’s West Valley and Northwest Valley SRP Learning Grants awards for the 2021-22 school year.

 

Glendale

Pensar Academy ($5,000)

Pensar Academy developed a program called Designing the Future, which will immerse students in STEM subjects. Students use project-based learning and work collaboratively to examine and find solutions for real-world problems. The grant funding will be used to purchase three 3D printers and filament that will be utilized by students.

 

Goodyear

Palm Valley Elementary ($4,800)

Palm Valley Elementary can upgrade its math program to Guided Math, a nationally recognized program. Each guided math unit has detailed- and differentiated-lesson plans, activities, games and cards for Guided Math whole- and small-group lessons. The school will use grant funds to soon purchase four new laptops to implement in the math program.

 

Peoria

Vistancia Elementary School ($3,385)

New molecular modeling sets will help students understand how molecules combine, the types of intermolecular attractions that form between molecules, and predict chemical and physical properties of compounds. In addition, students will have a class set of Vernier Pressure Sensors to conduct gas law experiments and collect, graph and analyze reliable data.

 

Tolleson

Desert Oasis Elementary School ($5,000)

The goal of a STEAM program is to teach students how to identify a problem and create a solution. Desert Oasis students will soon explore the real-world technology challenges related to solar-powered vehicles. Students across multiple grade levels will deepen their understanding of renewable energy and utilize that knowledge to create a system that solves a problem while integrating technology. Students will learn how to program and create a solar-powered vehicle that works by a remote control. Students also will share their knowledge with younger grades who are learning about renewable energy sources. It will be a schoolwide learning experience benefiting 800 students per year. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase solar panel kits, MicroBit and MotoBits robotics.