CNS awards STEM grants to Texas Panhandle area schools
Amarillo, Texas - From hovercrafts to coding, five schools in the Texas Panhandle will soon advance their educational efforts in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with grants from Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS), the managing and operating contractor for Pantex. This month, CNS awarded five $1,000 grants for STEM activities in the classroom and to help develop Pantex’s future workforce.
Grants were awarded to the following schools and projects:
- Dumas Intermediate, for conduction, coding, and creating activities;
- Highland Park Elementary, hovercrafts;
- Ridgecrest Elementary, STEAM (science, technology, art, and math) Lab;
- Rogers Elementary, coding; and
- White Deer Elementary, snap circuit kits.
CNS announced the grant opportunities in recognition of Engineers Week in February. In March, a total of 15 submissions were evaluated by a panel of volunteer engineers at Pantex. The group carefully reviewed all the applications and narrowed the impressive list down in order to recommend the five winners.
“Having an opportunity to offer these grants to our local educators was a great way to help encourage STEM education in our future workforce,” said Darla Fish, Community and Educational Outreach coordinator at Pantex.
Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC operates the Pantex Plant, located in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, under a single contract for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. CNS member companies include Bechtel National, Inc.; Leidos, Inc.; ATK Launch Systems, Inc.; and SOC LLC. Pantex and Y-12 are key facilities in the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise, and CNS performs its work with a focus on performance excellence and the imperatives of safety, security, zero defects and delivery as promised.
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