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STEM Curriculum Gets $750,000 Boost

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Billings Public Schools get a big donation from Phillips 66: $750,000 over the next three years.

The donation will support science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, curriculum for School District Two's Project Lead The Way. The grant will buy robotics kits, support iPad technology and fund the development of a community technology lab. SD2 Superintendent Terry Bouck says the grant will fully implement STEM in five schools by this fall.

"It’s important to integrate those subjects because they're not used in a singular way anymore. you normally have companies that want people that can work together, integrate those skills, problem solve,” Bouck said.

"Science, technology, engineering and math - all of the jobs in our company certainly need those skills and starting the children at a young age will allow them to get interested in it much earlier and that should carry them through their school years,” said Ray Rigdon, Billings Phillips 66 refinery manager.

Refinery employees hope to get the kids excited about future careers in the STEM field. The project will educate more than 3,000 students in engineering concepts over the next three years. Bouck says he hopes to implement the initiative in all Billings Public Schools by 2017.

 

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