CNS builds on AISD’s Robotics Program

  • Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 12:00 am

CNS presents $20,000 check to AACAL

AMARILLO, Texas – Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) presented a $20,000 check today to students and administrators with the Amarillo Independent School District’s (AISD) robotics program at the Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning (AACAL).

“The donation from Pantex will allow students to extend their learning outside the classroom and practice the principles they’ve learned by applying them to real world complex problems. These projects are true engineering feats that build confidence in our students and allows them to continue to grow in their learning,” according to LeAnn Estep, AISD director of Career and Technical Education.

The donation will become a part of the AISD’s Project Lead the WayTM which is a nationally recognized pre-college engineering program offered at AACAL and Caprock High School under the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) endorsement. Pantex is a long-time supporter of STEM education and is dedicated to investing in these programs.

“This provides Pantex an opportunity to encourage the next generation of scientists, engineers and technical professionals. We are pleased to have this opportunity to invest in the Amarillo school district’s efforts to further STEM education,” said Joe Papp, CNS director of Mission Engineering.

“Their gift is a perfect example of how blessed Amarillo ISD is to have such generous corporate partners. The money they have given will be used to advance our robotics program a step further and allow us to double the number of events in which our team will compete,” according to AACAL Principal Jay Barrett.

“Caprock High School is proud to partner with CNS Pantex and graciously accepts the generous donation on behalf of our robotics program. The donation will be used to provide our scholars with the needed funds to showcase their talents at more robotics competitions,” added David Bishop, Caprock High School principal.

The AISD currently supports the efforts of the Atomic Armadillos, 20-30 student team members who take part in yearly robotics competition.


Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) 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. Pantex and Y-12 are key facilities in the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise, and CNS performs its work with a focus on the performance excellence and the imperatives of safety, security, zero defects and delivery as promised.

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Steve Myers
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