Entergy-supported educational program launched

teachers gather Thirteen area teachers, SUNY Oswego Project SMART staff and Entergy personnel met recently to kick off a project, supported by the energy company, to raise community awareness of the need for advancing math, science and technology curriculum and career opportunities in area schools.

The Entergy Charitable Foundation granted $25,000 to SUNY Oswego to support the Project Science and Math Applied Resources for Teaching “Kids at Work” program.

Project SMART is an 18-year-old professional development initiative that pairs college faculty with area teachers to develop hands-on, inquiry-oriented, equity-based teaching connected to the real world.

Area teachers will work on projects that may involve speakers coming into their classrooms, field excursions and school events, all bringing math, science and technology themes and activities to area children. Participating teachers hail from the Mexico, Hannibal, Oswego, Fulton and Baldwinsville districts covering the spectrum from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Eight teachers took a tour of Entergy’s Off-site Facility in Fulton and Environmental Laboratory and learned more about the energy company to facilitate planning for curriculum work through the Entergy grant. Work is now under way by this team of teachers for the rest of this school year.

Entergy Corp. is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.6 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of over $9 billion and approximately 14,000 employees.

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(Posted: Nov 18, 2005)