Nurturing Brighter Futures
In 2020, families, friends and neighbors carried the weight of devastating natural disasters and the insidious coronavirus pandemic with grace and courage.
STEM education is a major focus area for AEP and its operating companies. Technology played a big role during the pandemic as schools and other educational organizations switched from in-person to virtual learning.
On-line learning requires connectivity. The AEP Foundation granted $73,000 to create free Wi-Fi hotspots at schools and community centers across Appalachian Power Company’s service area. The hotspots allow students without Internet access at home to easily access education materials and classroom assignments from their laptops, iPads or smartphones.
The Teaching & Learning Collaborative (TLC) in Worthington, Ohio, developed Math Camp-In to engage students and families in mathematics. Students, Pre-K through 4th grade, “hiked” seven virtual Trail Posts, completed math-themed tasks and earned camp badges. TLC also recruited virtual “camp counselors,” teachers and families, who used the resources and shared their experiences as they “hiked the Mathematical Trail.”
Five employees at DC Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman, Michigan, celebrated Nuclear Science Week with a South Haven Public School kindergarten class. The employees videotaped themselves reading STEM-themed books purchased through a special AEP employee grant program. The videos were shared with the children and posted to the Cook Plant Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CookNuclear/videos.