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ConocoPhillips grant awarded for WCWC STEMania day

WCWC STEMania Day.

Weatherford College Wise County has been awarded a $3,488 Community Engagement Grant from ConocoPhillips.

These grant funds will be used to secure access of the Fort Worth Science and History Museum’s mobile planetarium unit for the campus’ STEMania day later this year.

STEMania is an opportunity for area fourth graders and their teachers to visit a college setting and experience hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities. More than 700 fourth graders and 300 volunteers from Wise and Jack County participated in the 2014 STEMania day at WCWC.  

“The ConocoPhillips grants will allow us to have an additional 150 participants; with more than 900 fourth graders attending,” said event coordinator Dr. Lisa Welch. “The grant will also allow us to bring in new activities such as a mobile planetarium and to expand on past favorites. From STEMania, I want these students to take away a passion for STEM fields that they will take forward into their future.”

STEMania 2015 will take place at WCWC from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct 29.

“We invest in education because we believe an educated workforce drives our global economic future,” said Annette C. Barton, Production/Operations Assistant with ConocoPhillips. “Through our community investments, we will strive to improve skills and advance research in secondary and technical education, support diversity of the talent pool in math, science and engineering disciplines and improve effectiveness of primary education.”