Duke Energy has begun a new price-matching program that will allow teachers to turn their classroom programs into realities, according to a recent company announcement.

Duke Energy has agreed to match gifts with DonorsChoose.org up to $75,000 to help turn ideas that teachers and students have in their classrooms into actual, real life projects.

To be eligible, public school teachers are able to enter STEM projects to DonorsChoose.org, where the project proposals can be funded by the public. After the public has funded 50 percent of the project, Duke Energy will match that 50 percent.

“Bringing STEM to life through hands-on projects is one of the best ways to foster a growing passion is one of the best ways to foster a growing passion for STEM careers and industries,” said Davis Fountain, president of Duke Energy North Carolina. “We appreciate the dedication of our teachers and are proud to continue our partnership with DonorsChoose.org to get resources directly into the classroom.”

Mykal Urbina, a partnership manager, has high hopes for the growing relationship between Duke Energy and DonorsChoose.org.

“This spring, we anticipate this grant will support over 150 classrooms, helping more than 4,200 N.C. students receive the STEM learning materials they need,” Urbina said.

In order to submit a proposal or to get more information about the price match program, teachers can go to DonorsChoose.org.