El Paso Electric Awards STEAM Grant to Help Robotics Teams
October 2019
Through its Community Partner Program, El Paso Electric (EPE) in September awarded a $15,000 grant to the Success Through Technology Education (STTE) Foundation to help support local high school robotics teams throughout the EPE service territory.

The STTE is a non-profit organization that partners with schools and higher learning institutions to develop science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum and to deploy youth entrepreneurship opportunities.

"Our commitment to the community we serve extends far beyond providing a reliable and sustainable source of electricity to each of our customers,” said Adrian J. Rodriguez, interim CEO of EPE. “It is about partnering with our community and asking, where can we help?”

To further advocate for STEAM education, EPE also is partnering with STTE for the foundation’s latest initiative, the Sun City Challenge. High school students within EPE’s service territory will be tasked with an educational project that revolves around renewable energy. Each team will be provided with virtual reality equipment to design the projects, and the finalist teams will work alongside EPE to print a three-dimensional, compact, and transportable model. There will be $10,000 cash prizes awarded to the winning teams in their respective categories.

“Our youth have the potential and the passion to be leaders in the technology and engineering sectors, so now it is about creating and expanding platforms for them to deem it possible,” said Joseph Sapien, executive director of the STTE Foundation.

This is another example of how EEI’s member companies invest in education and in the future of the communities they serve.

An original version of this story can be found at EPE’s website​.​