News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, April 26, 2012
AIKEN, S.C. -- More than 100 teachers received grants Thursday from Savannah River Nuclear Solutions to fund elementary and middle school science, technology and math education programs.
"We're going to explore energy in the life sciences through the food chains, food webs, we're going to explore energy through earth and space science, we're going to explore solar energy and alternative energy resources," said Karey Santos, a fourth grade teacher at Millbrook Elementary.
Her program got selected for a $500 grant. It's one of 85 programs awarded a grant by SRNS, which provides $50,000 in innovative education mini grants each year.
"It's an opportunity for us to support the grad schools, which is really important to me in developing our young not only for our community, but for our site, too," said SRNS President and CEO Dwayne Wilson.
He says it's important for the site because most of the people who work at SRNS come from the CSRA, and Wilson wants it to stay that way.
"We would certainly have to look to outside the region to provide the technical and engineering support and the operators that we need at the site," he said.
Candice Dermody helps organize the mini grant program, a program that will give away 50 percent more money next year.
"That is incredibly exciting, especially as tight as budgets are these days," she said.