INDIANA (March 27, 2017) — TechPoint Foundation for Youth is pleased to announce the winners of the EnablINg STEM Winter 2017 Grant Cycle, which was open to all Indiana kindergarten through 8th grade classroom teachers in schools with a free and reduced price lunch percentage of 55% or greater. This competitive grant program provides grant dollars to teachers to support the purchase of supplies and equipment that enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum in the classroom. Applications were evaluated based on their ability to implement hands-­-on, project-­-based STEM programming, while also focusing on the use of resources that could extend beyond the school year, had clearly defined outcomes, and had an emphasis on student STEM engagement.

Twenty-­-three teacher projects from the following 12 Indiana communities were selected from among 54 applications to receive up to $500 in grant dollars totalling nearly $10,000 in funding from this grant cycle:

Pat Jarboe, William Tell Elementary LouAnne Walden, Elwood Intermediate Lindie Ludlow, Snacks Crossing Elementary

Matthew Perkins, H.L. Harshman Magnet Middle Emily Page, J.E. Ober Elementary

Matthew Brown, Lafayette Sunnyside Intermediate Kyle Love, West Jay Middle School

Shannon Shrader, Taylor Elementary Amanda Poynter, East Side Elementary Dave Safer, Skiles Test School of STEM Anne Damiano, Guion Creek Elementary Elizabeth Wells, Grassy Creek Elementary Tonya Gable, Tindley Renaissance Academy Ronak Shah, Kipp Indy College Prep Middle Kylie Keevy, H.L. Harshman Magnet Middle Wade Matti, Riverside Intermediate School James Todor, East Side Elementary School

Aaron Picket, Bradie Shrum Upper Elementary


Tracy Nicodemus, Hay Primary Center Brooke Austin, Grassy Creek Elementary Jo Spurr, North Vermillion Jr./Sr. High Paula Ritenour, Taylor Elementary

Terry Mitchell, Guion Creek Elementary

Chosen projects ranged in topic from renewable energy to rocketry and will reach approximately 8,000 Indiana students over the next 3 years. Teachers could request between

$75 and $500 per project, with the majority of grantees receiving between $400 and $500.

The TechPoint Foundation for Youth raises dollars from the community to support this project each year, with bi-­-annual grant cycles that support fall and spring semester programming. The Foundation has set out to grow the program to $20,000 in teacher grants gifted annually, beginning with a pitch at the 18th annual TechPoint Mira Awards Gala on Saturday, April 29. The Angie's List Foundation has generously committed an additional $10,000 to support this fund, with a focus on schools serving students in their geographic priority area, the near East Side of Indianapolis.

To learn more about how you can support this program or apply for an EnablINg STEM Teacher Grant, please visit the EnablINg STEM Grants page at www.techpointyouth.org/enabling-­-stem-­- grants.

About TechPoint Foundation for Youth (TPF4Y)

As the leader in technology education efforts for the state of Indiana since 2001, TechPoint Foundation for Youth is committed to inspiring our state's underserved K-­-12 students to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). And to us, that means connecting ideas, investments, industry, and individuals to exemplary programs that inspire students to pursue careers in STEM fields. For more information, please visit www.TechPointYouth.org.