Announcing the 2017 Westar Energy STEM Innovation Awards
Westar Energy, in partnership with the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) and Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), announces the fourth round in the Westar Energy STEM Innovation Award. These awards support K-12 educators and school leaders in their efforts to develop, improve or expand innovative project-based instruction in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Three $3,000 awards will be granted this year to support innovative programs that strive to increase student interest and academic achievement in the STEM disciplines as applied to electrical energy. Deadline for proposals is July 14, 2017. A selection committee, composed of personnel from Westar Energy, KASB and KSDE will select the winning applicants. Awards will be announced August 7, 2017, and checks presented by Sept. 1, 2017.
KASB will again be the point of contact for submitting awards, and will feature award winners at our annual conference in December in Wichita. Recipients must be a member of KASB and every effort must be made by recipients to attend the award presentations during the annual conference.
Please take a few minutes and consider staff members you think would be great candidates for these awards.
Areas of Greatest Interest?
Projects and programs that...
- Focus on electrical production and conservation in Kansas.
- Improve, advance and enrich student learning while growing their interest in STEM.
- Spark interest in STEM disciplines among students from non-traditional or underrepresented groups (i.e. ethnic minority and female students).
- Support student application of classroom STEM knowledge to practical applications.
What is not supported by this grant:
- Clearly explain how the items requested for funding are vital to the project’s successful completion.
- Clearly articulate a plan to complete the projects during the coming academic year.
- Salaries or compensation for outside speakers, guest presenters or any school personnel.
- School laboratory supplies or equipment for general school use.
- Media equipment (computers, cameras, DVD players, white boards).
- Projects that require multiple academic years for completion.
- Admissions fees and stipend for conference, workshops or competitions.
- Transportation, incentives, meals and refreshments.
- Previously funded projects from past winners.