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Jan 20, 2020

Window World of Joliet Awards STEM Grants to Teachers

10 STEM Grants Were Given During The 2019-2020 School Year

At Window World of Joliet, we believe in the power of the community. Locally-owned and operated, Window World of Joliet delivers energy-efficient windows, siding, and doors.

We understand how important education is for students and are promoting the advancement of STEM education in the classroom. The main goal is to further develop energy-saving technologies in the community. Over the past few years, Window World of Joliet has awarded 20 STEM grants to teachers throughout the community. 

For the 2019-2020 school year, Window World of Joliet awarded ten (10) $1,000 STEM grants to various STEM educators in our community. Applicants were asked to fill out a short application on

Some of the questions we asked on the application included how their plan and curriculum advanced the development of energy-efficiency science and technology? How many days/weeks they spend on STEM topics and how their students relate to the curriculum. We also asked how many students would be involved in the project and how the grant would contribute to their overall plan.

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 STEM Grant Recipients:

Congratulations to Minooka Intermediate School’s 6th Grade STEM Teacher, Mrs. Kristi Szum for receiving one of the Window World of Joliet STEM grants! Minooka CCSD 201, we look forward to seeing your completed energy-efficient “tiny house”.

Congratulations to 8th grade STEM teacher, Ms. Regan Hack of Limestone Middle School in Kankakee for receiving the Window World of Joliet grant! We are happy to support the advancement of STEM education and we wish you well with building your energy-efficient model homes.

Robotics & Engineering Teacher, Mr. Jake Ziesmer of Joliet Catholic Academy received the grant to be used to grow the robotics program and build an energy-efficient ErgoBot.

Congratulations to third-grade science teacher, Ms. Breann Cumming and Principal Hartman from Lincoln Elementary School for being awarded the Window World of Joliet STEM Grant. The grant will be used for Artie3000, The Coding Robot and Snap Circuits® for the students’ makerspace.

Congratulations to Library & Media Specialist, Ms. Agatha Ferris of Indian Trail Middle School. Funds will be used for the advancement of the BAM Makerspace Club and Family STEAM night in April 2020.

Congratulations to Ms. Joy M. Otry, Chemistry and AP Chemistry Instructor Science Olympiad Coach STEM Academy from Joliet West High School. The grant will be used for specific items needed for her STEM teams to use at the competitions throughout the school year. The grant will also be used to host an invitational for Science Olympiad in February 2020 where different Chicagoland schools come to compete in various STEM competitions at Joliet West High School.

Congratulations to Ms. Kimberly A. O’Malley, STEM Teacher at Morris Community High School. She is planning on purchasing supplies for their STEM Lab. Supplies would include materials to enhance their STEM topics such as programming, enhancing the greenhouse program, supplies needed for 3D Printing and supplies for their energy-efficiency unit (to build model windmills, using copper tape to understand circuits, foam boards, to build scale model homes, solar panels, wiring, and switches for the scale model homes).

Lastly, congratulations to Ms. Kara Anderson [not photographed], STEM Teacher at Shepherd Middle School in Ottawa. She will be using the money to purchase a TI Innovator Breadboard Pack, TI Innovator Hub, and TI-Nspire CX Graphing Calculator for the students to create a model heart and program a code that simulates the beating of the heart, flow of the blood through the heart and simulate a defibrillator. She also plans on using the money to purchase an additional Lego Mindstorm EV3 for students to build and code.

Window World of Joliet will be opening STEM grant submissions for the 2020-2021 school year in mid-April 2020. The STEM grants are for educators that work within the communities we serve including Cook, Grundy, Kankakee, Lake, LaSalle, and Will counties. You will be able to apply online at or call (815) 729-3100 with questions. 


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