2017 STAR Grant Winners

Savannah River Remediation has a history of supporting education. A technology-based company, it is our goal to take an active role in the development of our future engineers, mathematicians and scientists.

The "Students, Teachers Achieving Results" (STAR) Grants are designed to recognize and support excellence in teaching by providing grant awards of up to $1,000 to enhance elementary school science and mathematics programs. These grants are being offered for schools to purchase STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) kits, refurbishment of kits already used by schools or to purchase new kits or tools to support your teaching in STEM areas.

2017 Aiken County Winners:

Mossy Creek Elementary School Mossy Creek Elementary School

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.

East Aiken School of the ArtsEast Aiken School of the Arts

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.

Clearwater Elementary School Clearwater Elementary School

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.

Byrd Elementary School Byrd Elementary School

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.

2017 Edgefield County Winner:

W E Parker W.E. Parker Elementary School

SRR Public Affairs Specialist Maddie Blair (center) recently surprised Wanda Wates, a kindergarten through second grade math and science teacher at W.E. Parker Elementary School, with an educational grant to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curriculum in her classroom. Pictured, from right, are Principal Gaye Holmes, Blair, and Wates.


2017 Columbia County Winners:

Martinez Elementary SchoolStevens Creek Elementary School

SRR Chief Operations Officer and Deputy Project Manager Mark Schmitz (right) recently surprised Jennifer Olsen, second through fifth grade Gifted and Talented teacher at Stevens Creek Elementary School, with an educational grant to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum in her classroom. Olsen’s grant will help purchase kits to design, build, program, and test robots.

Parkway Elementary SchoolParkway Elementary School

SRR Chief Operations Officer and Deputy Project Manager Mark Schmitz (right) recently surprised Christina Fortino and Macey Johnson, third grade teachers at Parkway Elementary School, with an educational grant to advance STEM curriculum in their classroom. Fortino and Johnson’s grant will help purchase iPads and applications, which will help students use technology to see how STEM topics apply in real-world situations.

North Columbia Elementary SchoolEuchee Creek Elementary School

SRR Public Affairs Specialist Tina Melton (left) recently surprised Dawn Jeffers (hugging Melton), Gifted Programs teacher at Euchee Creek Elementary School, with an educational grant to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum in her classroom. Jeffers’s grant will help design a nature trail on wooded school property with hands-on learning environments to invoke student’s creative thinking, problem solving, and team building skills.

2017 Richmond County Winner:

Goshen ElementaryGoshen Elementary School

SRR Public Affairs Specialist Tina Melton (right) recently surprised Peri Zamora, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) elementary teacher at Goshen Elementary School, with an educational grant to advance STEM curriculum in her classroom. Zamora was awarded a grant to purchase kits that will help students with problem-solving and motor skills using simple machines, robots, and building sets. Pictured, from right, are Melton, Zamora, and Principal Cheryl Fry.

2017 Barnwell County Winner:

Kelly Edwards ElementaryKelly Edwards Elementary School

SRR Chief of Staff Larry Ling (right) recently surprised Tammy Briggs, a third grade math and science teacher at Kelly Edwards Elementary School, an educational grant to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum in her classroom.

2017 Allendale County Winner:

Fairfax ElementaryFairfax Elementary School

SRR Public Affairs Specialist Maddie Blair recently visited Peggy Bing-O’Banner, a second grade science teacher at Fairfax Elementary School, with an educational grant to advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum in her classroom.


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