UGI Supports the S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation Science Explorers Programs in Local Schools
16 Mar 2017
Contribution is part of UGI’s Investment in STEM Education Programs
For the fourth year in a row, UGI Utilities, Inc. is providing both financial support and employee volunteer time to Science Explorers, a program developed by the S.P.A.R.K.S. Foundation, based in Mohnton, PA. The Science Explorers program is designed to generate interest in science careers among young students.
Science Explorers is an innovative, hands-on science program that provides opportunities for children ages 4-11 to become engaged in the wonders of science. Science Explorers offers school assemblies, after-school programs, science summer camps and scout badge earning events. Activities range from dissecting a shark, to mixing two liquids to make a solid, to making glowing slime, to launching a rocket.
Since the program was founded in 1999, Science Explorers has brought their inquiry based hands-on science programs to thousands of elementary aged children in multiple states. UGI’s grant supports programming for children throughout the Company’s 44 county Pennsylvania service area.
The program has been instrumental in helping to raise student achievement levels. The program has been so successful that in the Lancaster School District, for example, administrators are expanding Science Explorers to all 13 of its elementary schools in 2017.
UGI’s investment in the Science Explorers program is part of the Company’s support of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. It is funded by part of the more than $1 million UGI donates each year toward education initiatives focused on improved early childhood literacy, expanded access to STEM education programs, and technical career training and preparation initiatives.
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UGI employees assist at a Science Explorers presentation at a local elementary school.