2016 Westar Energy STEM Innovation Awards

Westar Energy, in partnership with the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) and Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), announces the recipients of the third round in the Westar Energy STEM Innovation Award.

These awards are designed to support K-12 educators and school leaders in their efforts to develop, improve or expand innovative project-based instruction in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Three $3,000 awards are granted this year to support innovative programs that strive to increase student interest and academic achievement in the STEM disciplines as applied to electrical energy. A selection committee, composed of personnel from Westar Energy, KASB and KSDE will select the winning applicants. 

2016 Awards Announced (Media Release July 2016)

Full list of award recipients, honorable mentions and applicants: 2016 Westar Grants.

Recipients will be recognized during the first general session on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the KASB Annual Conference in Wichita. The three award winners will present breakout sessions that afternoon.

Westar Energy, the leading electric utility in the Midwest, is dedicated to developing human capital within the communities we serve.  Specifically, we are developing partnerships that allow us to invest in our workforce – both current and future.  As a part of this effort, we have partnered with the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) to create the “Westar Energy STEM Innovation Award.” 

2016 Award Timeline

  • May 27, 2016 – RFP issued
  • July 15, 2016– Proposal deadline
  • July 29, 2016 – Awards announced
  • September 1, 2016 – Award checks presented to recipients
  • December 1, 2016 – Preliminary report due to Westar Energy and KASB (includes presentation at annual KASB conference Dec. 2016 in Wichita, Kansas)
  • December 1, 2017 – Summary Report due to Westar and KASB (includes presentation at annual KASB conference in December 2017)

Download the interactive pdf application form HERE or click image below:


Please note: KASB may take photographs of participants, attendees and guests during the KASB Annual Conference for use in marketing or promotional materials or news publications. This includes publication of the photograph with names on the kasb.org website and through the Association's social media accounts. It is the responsibility of the school district to notify KASB in writing if a student's picture and/or name cannot be released. Please send notification to Carol Pitts, KASB Assistant Executive Director for Marketing and Public Relations, cpitts@kasb.org

2015 Westar STEM Curriculum Innovation Awards were recognized during the KASB 98th Annual Conference

Read about the recipients here.