ELLSWORTH — The Perloff Family Foundation, in partnership with the Maine Community Foundation and the Maine Space Grant Consortium, is offering grants focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and the integration of STEM with the arts and humanities, or STEAM. The STEM4ME grant program aims to increase the opportunities for student-driven STEM and STEAM projects at publicly funded Maine middle schools, high schools and academies.

Grants of up to $5,000 will be made available to small teams of students, mentored by an experienced educator, that create real-world solutions to problems in areas such as renewable energy, ecology, automation, space science and engineering, and sustainable food production, integrating the arts and humanities wherever possible.

Educators interested in applying must submit a one-page letter of interest by Sept. 15 that describes project objectives and key completion milestones. Successful candidates will be asked to submit a formal application. For information on where and how to submit letters of interest, visit www.stem4me-grants.org.

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