Chevron, Benedum give STEM grants to 43 school districts |

Chevron, Benedum give STEM grants to 43 school districts

Stephen Huba
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
A Southmoreland Middle School student shows how she picked up a cup with a 3-D printed prosthetic hand manufactured as part of the school’s STEM program in 2016.

Chevron Appalachia and the Benedum Foundation hope a series of grants will put some steam into STEM programs at 43 area school districts.

The most recent Innovation Grants, now in their third year, went to 43 school districts in southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio, and totalled nearly $250,000.

The grants are meant to help rural school districts develop programs in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM.

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 support further expanding the program this year.

“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,” said Trip Oliver, Chevron Appalachia manager for Policy, Government and Public Affairs.

The Pennsylvania grants will fund 13 projects in 12 school districts across Washington, Greene and Fayette counties, and will total $87,900 for initiatives in coding, robotics, STEM and music.

The Pennsylvania grants are as follows:


  • Brownsville Area Elementary School — $3,500, “Music, Movement, Technology, Oh My!”
  • Connellsville Area Middle School/CACTC — $7,500, Real World Innovations for Career Success
  • West Crawford (Connellsville Area schools) — $4,000, circuit boards
  • Frazier Elementary (Frazier schools) — $7,500, Environmental Learning Extension
  • Jefferson Morgan Middle-High School — $7,500, Jefferson-Morgan print shop


  • Carmichaels Area Elementary, Middle, High Schools — $7,500, Financial Literacy Lab
  • Waynesburg Central Elementary School — $7,500, smART Space 2.0
  • West Greene Junior-Senior High — $7,500, 21st Century Fabrication Technologies and the Business Classroom


  • Avella Junior-Senior High — $6,300, media center enhancement
  • Bethlehem High School — $7,200, The STEAM Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Burgettstown Area Elementary Center — $7,500, Remake Research
  • Fort Cherry Elementary Center — $6,900, Battlebots: Innovative Creators of Technology & Design
  • Trinity High School — $7,500, T Talk

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, [email protected] or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.