The grants will also provide STEM-related supplies to teachers. Both organizations have received foundation funding since 2007.
Funding for the Orlando Science Center will provide an opportunity for 3,500 third through fifth grade students to visit the center and experience Science Park, where they will participate in design challenges based on fundamental engineering principles.
The Science Center of Pinellas County received a grant to continue offering weather- and energy-related programming and curriculum to Pinellas County school children.
Through the grant, more than 2,000 children will learn about energy generation, energy efficiency and alternative energy at the center's specially designed energy room. Both science centers have received foundation funding since 2008."We work with the Duke Energy Foundation to focus its investments where we believe we can make the greatest difference in our Florida communities," said Glenn. "Our charitable contributions in Florida totaled more than $3.2 million in 2012. As part of Duke Energy, we'll continue this proud tradition and even strive to raise the bar." About Duke EnergyDuke Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), provides electricity and related services to approximately 1.7 million customers in Florida. The company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., and serves a territory encompassing more than 20,000 square miles including the cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as the Central Florida area surrounding Orlando. Duke Energy Florida is pursuing a balanced approach to meeting the future energy needs of the region. That balance includes increased energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the-art electricity system. More information is available at www.progress-energy.com. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com. Duke Energy Contact: Sterling IveyOffice: 727-820-4722 24-Hour: 800-559-3853 SOURCE Duke Energy