Pantex accepting applications for STEM classroom grants
Amarillo, Texas— To kick off Engineers Week, which is held annually during the last week in February, Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) announced Monday that it is once again sponsoring five $1,000 grants for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in classrooms across the Texas Panhandle.
The goal of the grants, designated for grades K–12, is to foster advancement of STEM activities in the classroom and to help develop Pantex’s future workforce. CNS manages and operates Pantex and the Y-12 National Security Complex in East Tennessee. This is the second year that Pantex has offered STEM classroom grants to Amarillo and the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle:
Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Collingsworth, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher and Wheeler.
Projects receiving grants in 2022 included robotics focusing on coding and development, the creation of hovercrafts, SNAP educational circuit kits to study curriculum topics, creating computer-controlled items with specific functions coded into the system, and even the start-up of a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) lab to explore STEM careers. These projects create individual and team engagements, sparking imagination, creative thinking and the exploration of career opportunities for their futures.
Grant application information is available on the Pantex website. Applications will be accepted through March 20, 2023. Educators who are immediate family members of Pantex employees are not eligible to apply for or receive a grant.
Pantex staff will evaluate the grant applications and make recommendations for grant allocations. Once a final decision is made, five grants of $1,000 each will be made payable to the individual school and will be dispersed to the teacher or administrator in accordance with school protocol.
Grants will be awarded in April, and all funds must be spent by July 31, 2023.
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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