Thanks to a grant from an area foundation, STEM education will continue to thrive at River Bend Nature Center.
The Arconic Foundation presented a check in the amount $20,000 to River Bend Nature Center Tuesday morning. Since 2005, Arconic has given the center more than $150,000 in total and $1.4 million to other community organizations. River Bend Nature Center Executive Director Liz Martin said she is grateful for Arconic’s generosity, without which some area students wouldn’t have the opportunities to visit the center.
“We are ecstatic. They pay for all the buses. They pay for all the materials, the teaching, the transportation back and forth and then the materials they take back to the classroom to continue to learn the knowledge that they gained today here,” Martin said.
Arconic’s internal board members determine which area non-profits are eligible for grants. “70% [of grants] are tied to STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. So, that’s really the baseline of what we give back to the community,” said Arconic Human Resource Generalist Howard McDaris, explaining where a significant amount of grant money goes towards. And with the help of those grants, more than 12,200 students have been able to access knowledge and experiences at River Bend Nature Center.