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Ingalls announces $102,000 in Gulf Coast 'STEM' grants

PASCAGOULA — The Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries has awarded more than $102,000 in grants for science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects at 28 schools and educational organizations in Mississippi and Alabama.

Over the last seven years, the defense contractor has awarded nearly $610,000 in such grants to area schools.

The projects announced by Ingalls on Friday in Pascagoula cover a variety of subjects. At Biloxi Junior High School, for example, a $4,990 grant will pay for 10 Lego robots to be used by eighth-graders.

At Baker High School in Alabama, $4,782 will be used to purchase physics equipment for experiments in physics and math classrooms.

Edmond Hughes, an Ingalls vice president, said the grants are part of the corporation’s efforts to aid workforce development along the Gulf Coast.

“Ingalls remains devoted to workforce development across the Gulf Coast, and through these grants and other educational-related activities, we are working with our school districts to mold future shipbuilders.”

Other examples of projects that Ingalls said will be funded by the grants:

— At Moss Point Career and Technical Education Center, $4,765 will be used to purchase a residential wiring trainer panel. The panel will be used to introduce STEM electrical principles and concepts similar to those found in a residential dwelling.

— At Ocean Springs High School Career Technical Center, a $5,000 grant will be used to help students study the anatomy and physiology of the eye and ear. They will learn to perform vision and hearing screenings, examine the eye and ear for abnormalities and dissect an eye.

— In Mobile, $5,000 will go to a robotics program that is part of the Boosting Engineering Science and Technology program, which works with schools in Mississippi and Alabama.

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