Investing in Education

Lab‑in‑a‑Box — Area school systems received Lab‑in‑a‑Box kits provided by the Rural Communities STEM Initiative, an Oak Ridge business/education partnership seeking to improve science, technology, engineering and math skills of regional K‑12 students. The Lab‑in‑a‑Box kits enable teachers to offer dynamic, hands‑on learning experiences. The average cost of a Lab‑in‑a‑Box set is $7,500, and Y‑12 paid for kits sent to the Lenoir City School System.

Materials Camp — Twenty East Tennessee high school students participated in the ASM International Materials Camp sponsored by Y‑12, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee. The week‑long activities gave students an opportunity to learn about materials science, failure analysis and materials characterization through hands‑on studies.

Oak Ridge Science Fair — Y‑12 teamed with the Sunset Rotary Club of Oak Ridge to present the 3rd Annual Oak Ridge Science Fair at New Hope Center. The 2012 fair was Oak Ridge’s largest yet, expanding to include 106 third‑, fourth‑ and fifth‑graders from public and private schools and home schools in Oak Ridge and Roane County.

Oak Ridge Teachers’ Workshop — Thirty‑six teachers from across Tennessee participated in hands‑on science labs during a unique summer science camp at Y‑12 and ORNL. The two‑day camp allowed teachers to spend time with some of the nation’s top engineers and inventors, try out innovations and spark interests they will pass on to students.

Machinist Apprentice Program — Pellissippi State Community College welcomed its first class of 10 machinist apprentices from Y‑12 for fall semester. Apprentices will receive classroom and hands‑on training at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. During the four‑year apprenticeship, they will have the opportunity to earn 45 credit hours toward an associate of applied science degree.

STEM Scholarships — In its ongoing support of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, B&W Y‑12 awarded $5,000 in scholarships split between Roane State Community College freshmen Wes Jenkins and Sara Lemmonds. Jenkins is a Harriman High School graduate and plans to major in biology. Lemmonds graduated from Oak Ridge High School and is enrolled in the college’s pre‑med program.

America’s Veterans to Engineers — Through America’s Veterans to Tennessee Engineers, a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and participating universities and employers, Y‑12 is helping develop tomorrow’s engineers. Y‑12 employed six veterans working toward engineering degrees in 2012, two of which graduated and accepted positions with Y‑12.

Roane State Community College — B&W Y‑12 donated $35,000 to Roane State Community College toward the expansion of the college’s Oak Ridge campus.