USF Receives $110,000 Grant from Duke Energy Foundation

Oct. 2, 2019

The University of South Florida received a $110,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to support USF St. Petersburg’s STEM Prep! Summer Bootcamps and the College of Marine Science’s Oceanography Camp for Girls. USF is one of 18 Florida-based organizations to collectively receive $715,000 in grants from the Duke Energy Foundation.

“The University of South Florida’s innovative programs benefit the Tampa Bay region through invaluable teacher training opportunities and immersive student STEM experiences,” said Catherine Stempien, Duke Energy Florida president. “I’m proud that we’ve supported these and other USF initiatives for several decades. Our continuous grant support demonstrates the merit of the programs as well as our commitment to building and empowering stronger communities.”

Both programs will serve as a platform for teaching engineering and environmental skills in different ways.

The STEM Prep! Summer Bootcamps focus on professional development for Pinellas County teachers and in-service and pre-service teaching candidates. Participants receive training in coding, robotics and 3-D printing that they can then incorporate as learning activities in their classroom.

In addition, USF St. Petersburg hosts a three-week summer STEM camp for Pinellas and Polk County students in fifth through eighth grade as well as a six-week summer camp for fifth graders in transformation zone schools in Pinellas County.

Established in 1991, the Oceanography Camp for Girls (OCG) encourages the pursuit of technical careers in science and engineering through a multidisciplinary, hands-on and practical experience in both laboratory and field environments. Using authentic ocean-related activities that parallel the research of scientists, OCG participants engage in problem solving and solution finding, using field-based and lab-based research.

Considered a model STEM science program by the National Science Foundation, OCG offers an outstanding opportunity to educate young women about the ocean environment and inspire them to assume leadership roles in scientific and engineering fields.

“We are grateful to the Duke Energy Foundation for this grant and thank them for their continual support of our STEM initiatives at USF St. Petersburg and the College of Marine Science,” said Joel Momberg, CEO of the USF Foundation and senior vice president of university advancement and alumni affairs. “With their help, we hope to inspire the next generation of leaders in engineering, robotics, environmental science and oceanography.”

The Duke Energy Foundation’s Powerful Communities program makes strategic investments to build powerful communities where natural resources thrive, students can excel and a talented workforce drives economic prosperity for all. The Foundation funds more than $30 million to communities throughout Duke Energy’s seven-state service area.