PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Ingalls Shipbuilding has given $107,000 to schools in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana for science, engineering and math projects.
Ingalls President Irwin Edenzon says handing out checks made him feel a bit like Santa Claus.
He told teachers and administrators during Friday’s presentation that Ingalls was investing in people. He says some of them may come to work at the shipyard someday.
In all, 25 grants were distributed by Edenzon.
Alabama schools receiving grants:
Alabama School for Math and Science
Funds will be used to purchase robot motors and software licenses to enable students to compete in First Tech Challenge robotics competition. $4,854
BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology)
This is a volunteer-driven robotics program which impacts 35 schools in Mississippi and Alabama. Funds will be used to help sponsor a robotics competition for students that is held annually in Mobile. $5,000
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School
Grant funds will be used to purchase tools needed to construct a robot that will be entered in competition. $1,500
W. P. Davidson High School
Funds will be used to support students’ participation in robotics competition. $1,500
He says the shipbuilder is especially interested in students being able to read by third grade and in rich STEM-related coursework in higher grades.
Edenzon says the projects will help foster student interest in STEM careers and hopefully in Ingalls.