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MOST to use $5K grant for STEM education

Richmond, Virginia–based Dominion Energy (NYSE: D) has donated $5,000 to the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) to benefit its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs for students in the Syracuse City School District. (Eric Reinhardt / BJNN)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A Virginia–based energy company has awarded the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) a $5,000 grant for its STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education programs.

The contribution from Richmond, Virginia–based Dominion Energy (NYSE: D) will benefit the MOST’s science-learning partnership program with the Syracuse City School District, the MOST said in a news release.

Under the initiative, the MOST hosts field trips and conducts hands-on science experiments with every kindergarten, fourth grade, and eighth-grade student in the district, an effort that includes more than 4,500 students.

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“We are proud once again to support the Museum of Science & Technology and its science-learning partnership,” Stan Ossowski, manager of gas-transmission operations at Dominion Energy, said. “These field trips and science experiments are tremendous opportunities for kindergartners, fourth graders and eighth graders to be inspired about science, technology, engineering and math in a hands-on and engaging way.”

The MOST’s education department works with the Syracuse City School District’s science department faculty to develop a program “to inspire science interest and learning while aligning” with New York State standards and classroom instruction. Each grade level has a different focus to align museum exhibits and programs with curriculum.

The MOST applied for the funding through the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, which supports nonprofit efforts at promoting education, Drew Heagle, marketing & communications coordinator for the MOST, said in an email response to a BJNN inquiry. Dominion Energy has also donated funding to the MOST in past years, he added.

Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

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