FirstEnergy Awards Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Grants to Nine Teachers in Maryland

Dec 03, 2015, 16:55 ET from FirstEnergy Corp.

AKRON, Ohio, Dec. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Nine Maryland teachers have been awarded Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) classroom grants totaling more than $6,500 from FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE).  The grants will be used for a variety of hands-on projects, workshops and academic programs across the Potomac Edison service area.   

The winners, their schools and projects are:

  • Kristi Rhodes, Yough Glades Elementary School, Oakland – Energetic engineers
  • Carrie Wampler, Grantsville Elementary School, Grantsville – The science of things that fizz, boom, pop and move
  • Stephen Knepp, Broad Ford Elementary School, Oakland – Energy in motion
  • Elizabeth Rohrer and Brittany Winders, Springfield Middle School, Williamsport – Designing wiring for a universal dwelling
  • Larissa Keller, Emmitsburg Elementary School, Emmitsburg – Building robots
  • Christina Lescalleet, Williamsport Elementary School, Williamsport – Building a wind turbine
  • Michelle Venable, Oakdale Elementary School, Ijamsville – Make new things from discarded materials
  • Tom Mazzone, Hancock Middle School, Hancock – The sky's the limit: using drones in agriculture

"FirstEnergy has long supported educational activities in our Maryland service area, particularly those that encourage students to pursue careers in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics," said James Sears, president of Maryland Operations for FirstEnergy.  "We are pleased to provide assistance to several STEM projects this year in our Potomac Edison service territory to support our students, schools and educators as they work to help build a strong workforce for the future."  

FirstEnergy offers grants up to $1,000 to individual teachers and administrators at schools served by its electric utility operating companies and in communities where it has facilities.  

Grant recipients are recommended by local educators who make up FirstEnergy's Educational Advisory Council.  As part of the program, recipients must furnish a written summary and evaluation of their projects that can be shared with other educators in FirstEnergy's service area.

Potomac Edison, a FirstEnergy utility, serves about 257,000 customers in seven Maryland counties and more than 137,000 customers in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.  Follow Potomac Edison on Twitter @PotomacEdison

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence.  Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.  The company's transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, while its generation subsidiaries control nearly 17,000 megawatts of capacity from a diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro and other renewables.  Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp or online at

SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.