Through Competitions, Elementary, Middle Schoolers Develop Interest in STEM Fields
The College of Southern Maryland received one of 142 educational grants awarded through Dominion and the Dominion Foundation for its K-12 Education Partnership to support the college's Energy Robotics Challenge Program. The $9,400 grant will be used to host the LEGO Robotics Championship April 16 for elementary and middle schools in Southern Maryland. The competition is intended to nurture an interest with the students in science, technology, engineering and math, while helping them understand the career opportunities within STEM and related fields. A research project with a focus on energy education is also part of the competition. From left are CSM Vice President/Dean of Prince Frederick Campus Dr. Rich Fleming; CSM Foundation Directors Leah Estevez and Rane' Franklin; Mike Frederick, vice president of LNG Operations for Dominion Cove Point LNG; CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried; CSM Board Chair Dorothea Smith; Karl R. Neddenien, media relations and community relations manager, Dominion Cove Point LNG; CSM Foundation Directors Tom Quattlebaum and Brenda Lowe; and CSM Business and Technology Division Interim Chair Bernice Brezina.