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SRR engineers recently volunteered for Science Day at Mossy Creek Elementary School in the fourth and fifth grade classrooms of elementary teachers Amy Edwards and Theresa Spieker (not pictured), who received an SRR STAR grant to advance STEM curriculum in their classrooms. Edwards and Spieker were awarded a grant to purchase kits in which students will gain experience in running a pretend pizza business and how to handle profits, supply and demand, and investment using math lessons. Pictured: SRR engineer Paul Cundey gives the students a lesson on force and motion using fulcrums and penny weights.

SRR Surprises Aiken County Elementary School Teachers with STAR Grants

April 18, 2017


Aiken, S.C. - Surprise visits from Savannah River Remediation (SRR) employees provided Aiken County elementary school teachers with educational grants to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum in their classrooms.


Teachers in three Aiken County elementary schools applied and won SRR Students/Teachers Achieving Results (STAR) grants to provide funding for innovative approaches to teaching STEM areas.


Overall, SRR, the liquid waste contractor at the U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River Site (SRS), awarded elementary school teachers with STAR grants to teachers in Aiken, Barnwell, Allendale, Edgefield, Columbia, and Richmond counties.


Unbeknownst to the teachers, SRR representatives traveled to the schools to surprise the teachers in their classrooms with the grant checks.


Tom Foster, SRR President and Project Manager, said giving back to teachers is a priority for the Company.


“Teachers frequently give extra time and resources, often their own, to provide opportunities for their students above the standard curriculum,” Foster said. “We want to partner with teachers who are going the extra mile to excite students about STEM-related concepts in the classroom.”


A team of SRR employees reviewed the grant proposals submitted this year and selected the best entries to receive the grants. SRR has provided more than $57,000 in grants since the Company began awarding grants in 2010.


The 2017 SRR STAR grant winners in Aiken County are:

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 Technical Services.


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STAR Grant
SRR President and Project Manager Tom Foster (left) recently surprised Christi McWaters, first grade teacher at East Aiken School of the Arts, with an educational grant to advance STEM curriculum in her classroom. McWaters grant will help purchase STEM kits and learning labs to provide students with hands-on experiences that encourage critical thinking and problem solving.
STAR Grant
SRR Chief of Staff Larry Ling (left) recently surprised Nathan Lobaugh, fourth grade teacher at Clearwater Elementary School, with an educational grant to advance STEM curriculum in his classroom. Lobaugh’s grant will help purchase breakout kits, which mimic popular escape rooms, where students will have to use high-order science and math thinking skills to problem solve their way out of scenarios.
STAR Grant
SRR President and Project Manager Tom Foster (right) recently surprised Tonya Sawyer Gordon, third grade teacher at Byrd Elementary School, with an educational grant to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum in her classroom. Gordon’s grant will help purchase kits that will make students the owner of a business and allow them to practice real-world math problems.

































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