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Innovation Grants aim to strengthen STEM-education opportunities in tri-state region

grant2019PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Forty-three school districts across southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio were awarded more than a quarter-million dollars in grant funding today through a partnership led by Chevron, EQT, and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

Called “Innovation Grants,” the program, now in its third year, seeks to encourage school districts, primarily in rural communities, to develop engaging programs and curriculum with innovation and design serving as the driving force behind science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics education.

“Chevron is proud of our role in producing the energy that’s providing career opportunities for today’s students and we place a high value on partnering with schools to support innovative classroom initiatives to address the region’s workforce skills gap,” said Trip Oliver, Manager Policy, Government and Public Affairs at Chevron Appalachia. “We’re committed to supporting the communities where we’re privileged to operate, and we hope these grants help spark an interest and prepare students with the science and math skills critical to in-demand energy and advanced manufacturing careers.”

Since 2017, the Chevron and Benedum Foundation-led initiative has awarded more than $500,000 in Innovation Grants to schools across the region, with EQT’s generous support further expanding the program this year.

“We strive to identify opportunities that impact the communities we serve in meaningful ways,” said Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation Manager. “Education is a core focus of the EQT Foundation and we’re proud to partner with Chevron on this truly innovative program that expands curriculum and gets students excited to learn.”

Pennsylvania will have 13 projects in 12 school districts across Washington, Greene and Fayette counties funded, receiving a combined $87,900 for initiatives aimed at topics including coding, robotics, STEM, and music. In Ohio, 12 projects in 5 school districts in Belmont County will receive a combined $63,800 for projects aimed at engineering, robotics, and girls in STEAM. Finally, 18 projects in 10 West Virginia county school districts – Brooke, Hancock, Harrison, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, and Upshur – will receive a combined $107,500 for projects related to robotics, coding, 3D printing, and engineering.

“Small grants like these are incredibly valuable in tapping the creativity of frontline teachers working with community partners,” said James Denova, Vice President of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. “There are a lot of inspiring ideas out there, but they are often overlooked by large scale top-down projects. In many ways, the grassroots approach to IU1’s innovation grants democratize reform in public education.”

NOTE: Listed below are the grants each school in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio received.


School District School County Grant Title Funding
Brownsville Area School District Brownsville Area Elementary School Fayette Music, Movement, Technology, Oh My! $3,500
Connellsville Area School District Connellsville Area Middle School and CACTC Fayette Real World Innovations for Career Success $7,500
Connellsville Area School District West Crawford Fayette Circuit Boards $4,000
Frazier School District Frazier Elementary Fayette Environmental Learning Extension $7,500
Jefferson-Morgan School District Jefferson Morgan Middle/ High School Fayette Jefferson-Morgan Print Shop $7,500
Carmichaels Area School District Elementary, Middle, High School Greene Financial Literacy Lab $7,500
Central Greene School District Waynesburg Central Elementary School Greene smART Space 2.0 $7,500
West Greene School District West Greene Junior Senior High School Greene 21st Century Fabrication Technologies and the Business Classroom $7,500
Avella Area School District Avella Junior/Senior. High Washington Media Center Enhancement $6,300.00
Bethlehem Center School District Bethlehem High School Washington The STEAM Adventures of Tom Sawyer $7,200
Burgettstown Area School District Burgettstown Area Elementary Center Washington Remake Research $7,500
Fort Cherry School District Fort Cherry Elementary Center Washington Battlebots: Innovative Creators of Technology & Design $6,900.00
Trinity Area School District Trinity High School Washington T Talk $7,500


School District School County Grant Title Funding
Barnesville Exempted School District Barnesville Elementary Belmont Integration of Virtual Reality into Classrooms $4,600
Barnesville Exempted Village School District Barnesville High School Belmont zSpace for Life $7,500
Bridgeport Exempted Village School District Bridgeport High School Belmont Entering the Esports Arena $7,500
Bridgeport Exempted Village School District Bridgeport Elementary School Belmont Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Question, Create, and Innovate $6,800
Bridgeport Exempted Village Schools Bridgeport Middle School Belmont STEAMing Up STEM $7,400
Martins Ferry City Schools Martins Ferry High School/Middle School Belmont Making STEAM Wearable: Girls and e-Textiles in Makerspaces $5,000
Martins Ferry City Schools Martins Ferry High School/Middle School Belmont Makey Making Curriculum Connections in the STEAM Makerspace $5,000
Martins Ferry City Schools Martins Ferry High School/Middle School Belmont Making the Cut in the Makerspace $5,000
Shadyside Local School District High School (Primary), Elementary School (Secondary) Belmont Robotics STEM Class and future robotics club and team $7,500
Union Local School District Union High School Belmont Project Based Learning in Today’s Classroom $7,500
Union Local School District Union Middle School Belmont Project Based Learning in Today's Classroom  
Union Local School District Union Elementary Belmont Project Based Learning in Today's Classroom

West Virginia

School District School County Grant Title Funding
Brooke County Schools Brooke High School and Brooke Middle School Brooke Save the Chimney Swifts from Extinction $1,400
Hancock County Schools Oak Glen Middle School Hancock Architecture in Our World $7,400
Harrison County Schools Adamston Elementary Harrison Making Space “Pawsitive" InThe Studio $7,500
Harrison County Schools Liberty High School Harrison Integrating STEAM in the Special Education Classrooms in Liberty High School $7,500
Marshall County Schools Center McMechen Elementary Marshall STEM in Sports $4,600
Marshall County Schools Washington Lands Elementary School Marshall Coding Games to Supplement PLTW Robotics $1,200
Monongalia County Schools Skyview Elementary School Monongalia Letting Off STEAM Outside $7,300
Monongalia County Schools South Middle School Monongalia Robotics Class Expansion $3,800
Monongalia County Schools University High School Monongalia Robot Rampage $6,500
Ohio County Schools Bethlehem Elementary School Ohio Discover & Engage $7,500
Ohio County Schools Steenrod Elementary School Ohio The Art of #Math4Life $7,000
Ohio County Schools West Liberty Elementary School Ohio Power Packed Multi-Grade Level PBL's $7,500
Preston County Schools Aurora School/ Rowlesburgh School Preston Experimental Ceramics $7,500
Preston County Schools Rowlesburg School Preston STEAM Lab for Preston County $6,800
Randolph County Schools Tygarts Valley Middle/High School Randolph Basics for Bulldog Broadcasting $6,900
Tucker County Schools Tucker Valley Elementary/ Middle School Tucker ""Learn to Code" So We Can "Code to Learn"" $7,500
Upshur County Schools Buckhannon-Upshur High School Upshur Educational Game Character Model 3D Printing $7,200
Upshur County Schools Buckhannon-Upshur High School Upshur Quickbooks Online $2,400