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Capping off a successful school year of educational outreach, a grant from Savannah River Remediation (SRR) helped kindergarten students at W.E. Parker Elementary School learn about coding at an early age using bumblebee-shaped robots.

SRR Shows Successful Year of Educational Outreach; Grant Helps Kindergartners Program Robots

June 22, 2017


Aiken, S.C. - Rounding out another successful school year of education outreach, a winning 2017 Savannah River Remediation (SRR) grant project came to life in a kindergarten classroom.


Wanda Wates, a kindergarten through second grade math and science teacher at W.E. Parker Elementary School in Edgefield County, was one of 12 teachers who were awarded a Students/Teachers Achieving Results (STAR) grant in 2017. She used her grant to purchase robotic bumble bees called Bee Bots that students program to maneuver toward objects, all the while developing skills like coding, sequencing, planning, and collaboration.


“The STAR grant I received from Savannah River Remediation helped me purchase curriculum that will prepare students for where STEM curriculum is heading in the future,” Wates said. “Coding needs to start as early as kindergarten, and the Bee Bots are a fun way to help students learn this essential skill.”


SRR gave more than $10,000 in grants to elementary school teachers this year.


The school year ended with many more educational outreach efforts by SRR. Support in the form of scholarships, grants, donations, and volunteerism from SRR and its employees demonstrates the Company’s focus of furthering education.


Tom Foster, SRR President and Project Manager, recognizes that the long-term success of the liquid waste program at the Savannah River Site (SRS) starts with sound educational programs.


“SRR depends on the next generation of students who will be part of the workforce in a few short years,” Foster said. “Our priority of giving back to education spans from awarding college scholarships to sending engineers to volunteer in classrooms in an effort to support both teachers and students at all levels.”


Some highlights of SRR’s education outreach in the 2016-17 school year include:



Multiple educational institutes, teachers, and students have been impacted by SRR’s outreach this school year, and Wates is proud to be one of them.


“I am grateful SRR afforded me the ability to purchase the Bee Bots for my students,” Wates said, “The support SRR has extended to my students is invaluable and will help shape their future.”


SRR is the liquid waste contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. SRR is composed of a team of companies led by AECOM with partners Bechtel National, CH2M, and BWX Technologies. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Atkins, and AECOM N&E Technical Services.


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