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Battelle Funding for Out-Of-Classroom Education Grows, Inspires New Ideas

Posted on Aug 18, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (August 18, 2015)—From sketch comedy to gardening, roller skates to engineering, Central Ohio kids will have new out-of-classroom learning opportunities thanks to grants from Battelle, the company announced today.

Battelle has awarded $534,000 to fund eleven out-of-classroom learning projects in Central Ohio. This funding marks Battelle's largest total funding and the largest number of awardees as the Battelle STEM Grant Program completes its third round of awards since 2013. Providing new opportunities for children to experience quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education is a top philanthropic priority for Battelle, as a leading research and development company.

"Every year, we challenge Central Ohio community organizations to show us new ideas that will educate and inspire a new generation of innovators," said Jeff Wadsworth, President and CEO of Battelle. "This year, they really delivered."

The Battelle STEM Grant Program supports Central Ohio organizations that link the creative disciplines to the STEM fields, including the learning objectives outlined by the Common Core State Standards. 

"STEM can get siloed into just meaning more math or science classes, but it's really about broadening a student's experience to ground learning in the real world," said Aimee Kennedy Vice President, Education, STEM Learning & Philanthropy. "These programs help us see just how creative and broad great education can be."

Battelle funded: 

  • Surge Columbus - a project of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus Museum of Art, COSI, and WOSU - $140,000
  • Computing Career Corps Summer Bridge Program - a project of three local school districts and TECH CORPS - $90,000
  • Pilot Program for Career Exploration and 21st Century Skill Building for Middle School Students - a project of COSI - $64,000
  • smART: Spatial Visualization and Creativity in Middle School Engineering - a project of Beta by Design - $50,000
  • Sparks! Ignite 3000 Minds as Bodies Take 25 Million Steps - a project managed by the Arizona Technology Council Foundation and supported by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus - $50,000
  • Par Excellence Urban Garden Leadership Program - a project of Par Excellence Academy - $40,000
  • The Wiggle Jig - a project of BalletMet Columbus - $25,000
  • Fairchild Challenge - a project of the Friends of the Conservatory - $25,000
  • Tree Tappers: Maple Syrup at Camp Ken-Jockety - a project of the Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland - $25,000
  • STEM: It Grows from a Seed - a project of the Highland Youth Garden - $15,000
  • Shadowbox Academy: STEM Rocks the Box and Beyond - a project of Shadowbox Live Theater - $10,000

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit 

Media Contacts

Battelle: Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or, or T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or


Media Contacts

Katy Delaney
Director, Media Relations
Office: 1.614.424.7208

T.R. Massey

Senior Media Specialist
Office: 1.614.424.5544