CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA., 8 February, 2011—Battelle recently pledged more than $20,000 to local community organizations designed to invest in developing the local workforce, specifically targeting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.
Those programs include:
- Charlottesville City Schools Science Department: The newly named club, Best All-around Club Of Nerds (BACON), is doing some extraordinary projects this year. Battelle is pleased to contribute $5,000 to fund the group’s research activities—which are taking it to numerous national competitions and to visit the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. The club recently won a robotics competition that has put its work into operations at the International Space Station.
- Computers4Kids: Battelle is happy to donate $5,000 to this local non-profit after-school Technology mentoring program. This contribution should help the group upgrade its hardware and software in an effort to improve low income youth’s computer and learning skills.
- Chamber of Commerce Technology Tour Scholarships: Battelle has pledged $2,500 to fund scholarships given by the Tech Tour for local students pursuing degrees in STEM areas.
- Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair: Battelle is proud to once again be the Gold Sponsor of the Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair. Battelle has contributed $10,000 to support the Fair, now in its 30th year. Battelle also sponsors the Battelle Innovation Award with a $500 prize for the most innovative project at the fair. Nearly 300 students from Charlottesville and 12 surrounding counties will come to the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena to compete in the Fair on March 15th. Winners will go on to the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair in Norfolk, VA in April and the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, CA this May.
“Supporting STEM education is one of our founding principles and something we’re committed to doing across the nation and in each of the communities where we operate,” said Adrian Felts, manager of Battelle Charlottesville Operations. “In order for the U.S. to remain competitive, there is a need to fill the workforce pipeline with people in the STEM fields and especially here in Charlottesville.”
Battelle Charlottesville supports a number of initiatives aimed at preserving the nation’s security. More than 50 scientists and technology professionals work alongside local government sponsors to navigate today’s challenges while leveraging available technologies to better prepare warfighters. Through a variety of research and technical development programs, the intent is to provide clients with a decision advantage in all economic and world climates.
As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.
Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
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