Lawrence Livermore National Security donations will benefit Tri-Valley education efforts

Feb. 26, 2014
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Prior to Saturday's Science on Saturday lecture, acting LLNS president and acting LLNL director Bret Knapp delivered a check to the local school districts. From left: Glen Sparks, Pleasanton Unified School District; Bryce Custodio, Dublin Unified School District; Bret Knapp, LLNS and LLNL; Ann White, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District School Board; Amy Robbins, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District; Dean Reese, Tracy Unified School District. Photo by Julie Russell/LLNL (Download Image)

Lawrence Livermore National Security donations will benefit Tri-Valley education efforts

Lawrence Livermore National Security (LLNS ), the entity that manages Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for the Department of Energy, donated $60,000 to six organizations in support of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

On Saturday, Feb. 22 -- unofficially dubbed "Science in the Tri-Valley Day" -- LLNL conducted another installment in its ongoing Science on Saturday lecture series at the Bank head Theater in downtown Livermore, attracting more than 1,000 students. At the same time, Las Positas Community College hosted two science-related programs: Expanding Your Horizons, a daylong collection of STEM-related workshops for 300 middle and high school girls in hopes of introducing them to science and engineering careers, and the Science Bowl, a "Jeopardy"-like event for high school and middle school students .

While attending these events, Acting LLNS President and Acting LLNL Director Bret Knapp, delivered a series of $10,000 donations, totaling $60,000 to the school districts of Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin and Tracy, in addition to the Los Positas College Foundation and the Expanding Your Horizons program.

"Support for education in the Tri-Valley community has always been a high priority for the Laboratory, particularly in STEM," Knapp said. "Laboratory employees and LLNS have a long history of giving generously to the community."

In just the past year alone, LLNS and the Laboratory have donated nearly $4 million to charitable and educational causes throughout the region.