Educating the Innovators of Tomorrow

We believe education is the foundation of brighter futures for our communities. Specifically, we support programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) which hold promise of future innovations. Programs that supplement classroom learning in robotics, agricultural and horticultural technology and experimental science show our impact in the community. In fact, through the AEP Foundation we created Credits CountSM to help students gain college credits even before they complete high school and to inspire middle school students to explore STEM in the future. In addition, we are active in our communities’ schools as volunteers and mentors. Tomorrow’s innovators rely on us to show them the way. Our leadership is focused on giving teachers the resources to implement new programs and on making higher education accessible.

Thanks in large part to Indiana Michigan Power and the American Electric Power Foundation, the new ETHOS science center gets students excited about careers in science.

Kentucky Power joins Congressman Hal Rogers at Louisa Middle School to see the AEP Foundation Credits Count program boost STEM education in Lawrence County.

At Public Service Company of Oklahoma, we help the Future Farmers of America cultivate innovation and leadership.

Energy Education

We actively participate in educating the community about electric safety by providing classroom materials to teachers and by giving Teacher Vision grants to support special classroom projects.

Electric Universe

Students of all ages will enjoy a visit to the Electric Universe website.

Subjects include: safety rules; learning activities; educational games and videos; energy conservation; electrical facts about animals, the weather and the environment, the human body and astronomy; experiments; electrical generation and transmission; biographies of inventors and scientists; and career information. (Requires Flash Player.)

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Electric Universe for Teachers

You may visit Just for Teachers and register for access to resources including Louie the Lightning Bug® Teacher Kits for grades K -2 and grades 3 - 4. Each kit contains reproducible teacher information, student lessons, tests and activity sheets.

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Classroom Materials

If you work with K-12 students in one of our service areas, you may request free safety booklets for your class.

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We believe energy education is vital to an informed energy future in the United States and around the world. We support the following energy education programs.

National Energy Education Development

A national network of students, teachers, as well as community, industry and government leaders committed to developing life-long learners capable of making wise energy decisions. The program provides resources for student-led projects and teacher/student workshops. We support NEED nationally and locally.

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Ohio Energy Project

This state affiliate of the NEED Project provides energy education and energy conservation programs for students and teachers.

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Teacher Vision Grants

Tomorrow’s innovators rely on us to show them the way. We give teachers the resources to implement new programs.

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FIRST Robotics Grants

Innovation is a hallmark of the FIRST robotics program. FIRST robotics challenges students of all ages to be creative, to stretch their skills in science, math and technology, and to explore STEM careers. Students aren’t just building robots, they’re building their futures.

That’s why we offer competitive grants to help student teams from elementary through high school build robots and compete in local, regional and international events. We support teams within our service area in 11-states with grants ranging from $250 to $6,000 depending on the robotics program level. The annual deadline for applications is the fourth Friday in January, and grants are announced by April.

For more information, email educate@aep.com.