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AEP Supports Future Engineers with Grant
March 11, 2008

Secondary students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will benefit from a major grant from the American Electric Power Corp. (AEP) to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation.

AEP, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, announced it will award $118,000 to support 12 new Gateway Academy programs for secondary students in school districts in Ohio and Oklahoma. These summer academies provide fun and challenging hands-on projects, incorporating math, science and a variety of engineering disciplines. The SME Education Foundation organizes Gateway Academies across the country, in concert with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a non-profit organization that creates innovative pre-engineering curriculum.

At each Gateway Academy, PLTW certified instructors lead students in projects and activities related to engineering. The SME Education Foundation and PLTW are committed to filling the projected shortfall in American engineers, so a major goal of Gateway Academy is to motivate students to participate in PLTW courses offered during the school year, and to encourage enrollment in college-preparatory science and math courses.

Funds also will be used to implement a PLTW Gateway to Technology program for a middle school in the Kanawha County School District in Charleston, W.V.

For more information about Gateway Academy and other SME Education Foundation programs, go to www.sme.org/foundation.


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