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Duke Energy Foundation Awards $75K to NKU STEM Training Program for Teachers

The Duke Energy Foundation has announced it will award $75,000 to the The Next Generation STEM Classroom (NGSC) Middle School Program at Northern Kentucky University.

The NGSC program brings NKU and school districts in northern Kentucky together to enhance the learning opportunity for thousands of students by focusing on teacher training curriculum. Training teachers, rather than directly targeting students, has the added benefit of having that teacher continue to impact students as long as he or she continues to teach.

“Partnering in this unique program at NKU is a way for us to invest in the teachers who could very likely be educating our future workforce,” said Jim Henning, president, Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky. “We are proud to partner with such an impactful program to ensure we have solid, STEM-focused teachers here in the Tri-State.”

"We are grateful for the support from the Duke Energy Foundation," said Geoffrey S. Mearns, president of Northern Kentucky University. "This partnership will allow us to extend the great work of our Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM), which is transforming the way STEM is taught in classrooms across Kentucky. Together, we hope to inspire a new and diverse generation of interest in STEM disciplines, and fulfill our university’s promise to make a lasting impact on our communities."

The NGSC program moves away from an emphasis on content-based testingtoward more student-led and inquiry-based education. In this environment, students are expected to discover scientific ideas for themselves, while also giving them the types of experiences that enable deeper understanding of content knowledge, and scientific and engineering processes.

The program currently has 47 teachers enrolled.

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