REGION — On Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 WVIA Public Media and PPL Corporation presented five winning Empowering Educators teams each with $1,000 that will be used as funds in the completion of a public service project in spring of 2017.

Empowering Educators, sponsored by PPL Corporation, encourages students in grades 6-8 to make a positive difference in their communities by performing a public service tied to the fields of science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics.

The six winning Empowering Educators teams are:

Forest City Regional High School (Forest City, PA): “3D Printing Pilot”

B.F. Morey Elementary School (Stroudsburg, PA) “Morey School-wide STEM Project”

Greenwood Friends School (Millville, PA) “Brain Power for Human Power”

Liberty Valley Elementary (Danville, PA) “Elementary Students Create Tools with 3D Printer”

Mountoursville Area High School (Mountoursville, PA) “Modeling Molecules that Matter”

Swiftwater Intermediate School (Swiftwater, PA) “SIS Library Makerspace Development”

Weatherly Area High School (Weatherly, PA) “3D Printing in the 21st Century”

Each team is led by a designated teacher within its district. Each team's project must be completed by April 15, 2017, and each team will submit a final report describing its project outcomes to WVIA by May 6, 2017.

Visit http://www.wvia.org/education/ throughout early 2017 for the latest updates on Empowering Educators.

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