Like most middle school students, the kids in the Motorsports Engineering Club at Lower Macungie Middle School like playing sports, hanging with friends and, you know, building cars.

That’s right — building cars.

The club, made up of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students, operates like a real race team. Students meet weekly to design, engineer and build a fully prepped race car to be driven in the Pennsylvania Hill Climb Association.

Through their work, they get hands-on experience in applying science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts.

PPL was happy to support the club through an Empowering Educators grant. Their grant was one of 15 announced late last year. Teachers in eastern and central Pennsylvania were selected to receive $1,000 each for projects that help spark imagination and learning.

In addition to building a car, recent Empowering Educators grants also are helping students learn how to model molecules, work with computer code, use robotics and 3-D printers, and more.

We love helping great teachers mold the workforce of tomorrow.

If you’re a teacher with a bright idea to spark your students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math, apply now at for your chance to win a $1,000 grant.

The deadline is Sept. 30.