The Hartford, Conn.-based United Technologies Corp. has given a $1.5 million grant to Junior Achievement Worldwide, a Colorado Springs, Colo.-based organization, to fund a program that will encourage elementary school students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The program, called Our Nation, focuses on work readiness skills and emphasizes the importance of inventions and innovations.
The Washington-based Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded $1.8 million in grants to improve library services in 14 Native American communities in seven states. The money will help enhance pre-existing library services, as well as creating new library programs and initiatives. The recipients are listed below:
Alaska: Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, Barrow; Chilkat Indian Village, Haines; Chilkoot Indian Association, Haines; Sealaska Corporation, Juneau; Organized Village of Kasaan, Ketchikan.
Arizona: Hopi Tribe of Arizona, Kykotsmovi; Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, Tucson; White Mountain Apache Tribe, Whiteriver.
Montana: Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation, Box Elder.
New Mexico: Pueblo of Pojoaque, Santa Fe.
North Dakota: Spirit Lake Tribe, Fort Totten.
Washington: Lower Elwha Tribal Community, Port Angeles; Spokane Tribe, Wellpinit.
Wyoming: Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Hayward.
A team of researchers, led by two professors at the City College of New York in New York City, has received a $2.4 million grant from the Arlington, Va.-based National Science Foundation’s Discovery Research K-12 Program, to build a physical sciences curriculum for elementary school students. The program will be called Physical Science Comes Alive: Exploring Things That Go, and will consist of four curriculum units on force, motion, and energy for students in grades K-2 or 3-5.