On Friday, the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities heard on update on the Los Alamos National Security (LANS) Community Commitment Plan (CCP) from Community Programs Office Deputy Director Carole Rutten.
Rutten’s presentation highlighted last year’s accomplishments.
Funding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs is a major priority for CCP funding.
Last year, 60 STEM programs received $74 million, impacting more than 4,000 students and 341 teachers. Those programs were either coordinated by LANL or sponsored through other partners.
Two of the most successful programs were RoboRAVE, a robotics competition in its second year, and the Math and Science Academy.
This year’s RoboRAVE competition drew 1,480 students competing in 85 teams. Only 35 teams competed the first year.
The Math and Science Academy — a three-year program that helps teachers better understand and deliver math and science to their students−has graduated 1,440 participants.
The CCP also offers regional business support. In 2014, program results included: