Electric Consumers Power Up Local Schools with Robotics Donation

Courtesy photo     Left to right; AEF board members Bill Sonneman, Margie Sherratt, Tracy Zollinger, Daniel Chin received a donation from Public Utilities Board President Ann McCormick on July 17.

 

The Power Up for Learning program, a joint effort between local nonprofit Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) and Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), provides students in Alameda’s schools access to technology curriculum focused on robotics based at Wood Middle School. 

At the July 17 meeting of the Public Utilities Board, AEF received a donation of more than $10,000 from the program. The funding, generated in the 2016-17 fiscal year, comes from AMP customers who opt to add a donation amount of their choosing to their monthly electric bill to support technology education in Alameda’s public schools. Since The Power Up for Learning program began in 2004, it has raised more than $75,000 for local students.

“Robotics education helps students develop vital, 21st century skills such as understanding the scientific method; identifying relevant sources of information; and collaboration and teamwork,” stated AEF’s press release. “For as little as $1 per month, AMP customers can support robotics education by signing up for Power Up for Learning. From now until Nov. 30, AMP will donate $50 for every new signup.”

The donation form is available at www.AlamedaEducation.org.