Savannah River Nuclear Solutions will offer mini grants totaling $75,000 to more than 100 CSRA educators as part of the contractor's Innovative Teaching Mini Grants Program.


This program encourages teachers to seek out creative and innovative methods and teaching tools used in the classroom to further enhance each student's learning experience related to science, mathematics and technology.


Targeting elementary and middle schools, educators from throughout the CSRA are eligible to apply for a mini grant. An independent selection committee reviewed more than 200 grant proposals last year and selected 85 projects.


“A good education is priceless and begins early in a child's life,” said Dwayne Wilson, Nuclear Solutions president and CEO.


All elementary and middle school educators in the South Carolina counties of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell and Edgefield and those in the Georgia counties of Columbia and Richmond, are invited to submit an application.


Applications for a 2014 Mini Grant are available at the Savannah River Site webpage: http://www.srs.gov/general/outreach/edoutrch/mini_grant.htm.


For more information, call Gladys Moore at 803-952-9450 or email gladys.moore@srs.gov.


The grants are provided through corporate funding made available by the parent companies of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions: Fluor Federal Services, Newport News Nuclear and Honeywell.


“Through the generosity of SRNS, we've taken our studies in math and engineering to a whole new level,” said Karey Santos, a fourth-grade teacher at Millbrook Elementary School.


Santos' mini grant award provides resources for students to work in mock engineering and construction companies, building toothpick bridges.


They will work collaboratively to design and construct a truss system to a specific scale and test who has the “best bridge,” using an engineering efficiency ratio of mass/load capacity.