(Fremont County, WY) – An early, solid foundation in education – including the STEAM fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts and math – can benefit students and their communities for a lifetime. It’s the reason why Rocky Mountain Power is deeply committed to helping schools and organizations nurture the next generation of thinkers and doers.
As part of this commitment, the PacifiCorp Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Rocky Mountain Power, is donating $630,000 in new grant funding across the six states it serves to support education and STEAM learning projects. Some of the grants will also go to help community organizations continue to respond to COVID-related needs. This latest round of funding is one of the four grant cycles offered by the foundation annually.
“We believe in the power of education to create a lifetime of opportunity,” said Sharon Fain, Rocky Mountain Power vice president, Wyoming. “Alongside these dedicated organizations, we’re determined to empower the next generation by creating and promoting hands-on, inclusive learning opportunities for children, teens and young adults. These curious minds will become our scientists, engineers, technicians and creators who will provide innovative solutions for the future and help guide the growth of our communities.”
The latest education and STEAM grants complement many of the ways Rocky Mountain Power and its employees are helping to foster STEAM learning in their communities throughout the year – whether launching or participating in STEAM programs and fairs, providing hands-on mentorship inside and outside classrooms, or funding virtual education opportunities to keep students connected during COVID.
As part of this commitment, Rocky Mountain Power Foundation is providing more than $130,000 in grants to 21 organizations in Wyoming.
- Apple Valley School to provide professional development opportunities for two native teachers.
- Central Wyoming Community College Foundation for BIKES (Broadening Inclusion Knowledge & Experience in Science), an expedition science project for underrepresented students, which will involve scientific research design and other subjects on a 1,500-mile bike journey.
- Lander Children’s Museum to help construct and equip a Think-Make-Create STEM Mobile Maker Lab.
- Promoting Arts in Lander Schools (PALS) to purchase materials and bring guest artists into classrooms to provide access to dynamic arts education for all Fremont County students.
- Shoshoni Senior Center to upgrade computers to help the center serve clients more efficiently.