There will be more coding robots, construction kits, hands-on field trips and virtual reality experiences in 18 area classrooms thanks to STEM grants made possible through Southwestern Energy (SWN) and the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV).
The grant opportunity demonstrates SWN’s ongoing commitment to STEM education and supports the energy company’s desire to be an active corporate citizen while enhancing elements of the educational process. Area teachers submitted proposals as part of the competitive application cycle. By partnering with CFOV, the energy company was able to take a strategic approach to the process which resulted in just over $8,000 in grants to support 18 classrooms across all grade levels in Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties.
“A core pillar of Southwestern Energy’s community outreach program is supporting education and STEM efforts in the areas in which we operate,” said Amy Dobkin, community relations manager, Southwestern Energy. “Our company is committed to supporting educators in their mission to deliver unique and creative experiences for their students, and we are so excited to present 18 grants.”
Grantees, along with their principals and superintendents, were recognized during a reception held Thursday at CFOV.
“We are proud to be part of this great initiative to support unique STEM opportunities. Partnerships play an important role in the work we do at CFOV. This targeted partnership with SWN is no exception and we look forward to watching these projects influence students and their teachers in positive ways,” shared Susie Nelson, executive director of CFOV.
Grant recipients from Marshall County Schools include:
Cameron Elementary School, 6th grade: Cardboard construction, supporting problem solving, team building and leadership, $500.00
Cameron Elementary School, 5th grade: Cardboard construction, interactive learning with hands-on building, $500.00
Cameron High School, grades 9-12: Materials for engineering/design projects, $500.00
Center McMechen Elementary, 1st grade: STEM supplies for classroom, $232.66
Central Elementary, grades 3-5: Field trips to Oglebay and the SMART Center, $500.00
Moundsville Middle School, 7th grade: Robot kits for automation and robotic development, $487.86
Moundsville Middle School, grades 6-8: Supplies for mini golf course design, $500.00
Washington Lands Elementary, 2nd grade: Racetrack building set, $458.00