CINSAM Continues STEM Teacher Training with Duke Energy Foundation Investment 


May 1, 2019— Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM) continues its partnership with the Duke Energy Foundation to create powerful communities by expanding STEM teacher training. 

CINSAM’s Next Generation STEM Classroom Project 2.0 (NextGen STEM Project) has received a $32,000 grant as part of the Duke Energy Foundation’s $250,000 cumulative investment. The Duke Energy Foundation’s Powerful Communities program makes strategic investments to build powerful communities where our students can excel. The CINSAM funds supports the NextGen STEM Project’s mission to educate middle school teachers on STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Duke Energy is pleased to continue to support programs, like the NextGen STEM Classroom that enhance our local schools by training teachers to educate other teachers on STEM,” said Kim Vogelgesang, Duke Energy Foundation. “Duke Energy has provided over $230,000 dollars to the CINSAM programming over the last five years because we know how important STEM training is for future success of educators, students and a vibrant community.”


This year’s funds will allow 20 teachers to participate in the NextGen STEM Classroom project that takes place over the course of the school year and is embedded in school districts around the region. The NextGen STEM project focuses on learning in a “fishbowl” environment. CINSAM’s master teachers Ella Bowling and Amber Carter (pictured to the right) demonstrate a STEM lesson to a class of students with teachers observing around the room. After the “fishbowl” class, the teachers meet with the CINSAM staff for a recap breakdown of the lesson to reflect on their observations and explore ways to apply lessons learned to their own teaching.

“The Duke Energy Foundation’s ongoing commitment to the Next Generation STEM Classroom Project has been crucial in increasing access to this high quality teacher professional development,” said Dr. Madhura Kulkarni, CINSAM director. “Without Duke’s sustained support, the project’s impact on middle school students’ hands-on, minds-on STEM learning would be much diminished.”

For more information on the CINSAM Next Gen STEM Classroom, visit its website.

About The Next Generation STEM Classroom Project 2.0/ CINSAM: The NextGen STEM Project was piloted in Boone and Kenton Counties during the 2012-13 school year and scaled up initially through a grant from the Toyota USA Foundation. The program was expanded at the middle school level through further investments from the Duke Energy Foundation and the Toyota USA Foundation. The NextGen STEM Project now serves 20 districts in Northern Kentucky impacting nearly 1,000 in-service teachers, 200 pre-service teachers and reaches more than 30,000 students.

CINSAM was established in 2000 by Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education as NKU’s Program of Distinction. Its mission is to promote enthusiasm, excellence, and equity in education at pre-school through undergraduate levels by advancing and integrating teaching, learning, and scholarship in the STEM disciplines. For more information, please visit

About The Duke Energy Foundation: The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts, and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. The foundation also supports environmental projects and community impact initiatives, including arts and culture. Duke Energy employees and retirees actively contribute to their communities as volunteers and leaders with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Duke Energy is committed to building on its legacy of community service. More information about the foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit