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Piedmont Foundation Awards STEM Grant to Guilford Co. Teachers Date Posted: 07/09/2012

Goal Is To Spark Students’ Interest In Science, Technology, Engineering And Math

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 9, 2012) – Backed by a $25,000 grant from the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation to Guilford Education Alliance, 11 teachers from Guilford County Schools will immerse themselves in local industry this summer in an effort to make science and math more relevant and fun for their students.

The 2012 STEM Fellows will participate in three-week “externships” in industries that apply knowledge in the so-called STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering and math.  The teachers will have experiences they can take back to the classroom to show students how mastering STEM subjects in school can open the door to future career opportunities.

“Improving education in science, technology, engineering and math is essential to the future of our economy and our nation as a whole, and the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation is proud to partner with the Guilford Education Alliance and Guilford County Schools on this effort,” said Timothy Greenhouse,  president of the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation. “The insights these Fellows bring back from diverse industries such as aerospace, biotech and financial services will help them make STEM learning more engaging and relevant for their students.”

Teachers, industry participants, elected officials, education leaders and representatives from Piedmont Natural Gas and the foundation will be on hand to launch the program today at an event hosted by the Guilford Education Alliance, which is operating the program. The event starts at 10 a.m. at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, 2907 East Lee St., Greensboro NC 27401.

The $25,000 grant from the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation will be used to defray program expenses, including daily stipends for the teachers, who were selected for the externships through a competitive application process.

Industry partners on the project include TIMCO Aerosystems, Syngenta, Lincoln Financial, Lenovo, Gilbarco, Proctor & Gamble and Thomas Built Buses.
 
About the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation
The Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation was established in 2004 with initial funding of $7 million from Piedmont Natural Gas. The Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation assists qualified charitable agencies and organizations within Piedmont Natural Gas' three-state service area, through the awarding of grants. The Foundation's mission of, "Enriching Our Communities," mirrors Piedmont Natural Gas' strong philanthropic commitment to the communities it serves. The Foundation's grant making strategy further reflects that commitment by focusing on two areas: Environmental Stewardship and Energy Sustainability, and Community Enrichment Initiatives centered on K-12 STEM Education, Workforce Development and Health and Human Services. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $6.2 million in grants to qualifying organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

About Piedmont Natural Gas
Piedmont Natural Gas is an energy services company primarily engaged in the distribution of natural gas to more than one million residential, commercial and industrial utility customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, including 53,000 customers served by municipalities who are wholesale customers. Our subsidiaries are invested in joint venture, energy-related businesses, including unregulated retail natural gas marketing, interstate natural gas storage and intrastate natural gas transportation. More information about Piedmont Natural Gas is available at www.piedmontng.com.

About Guilford Education Alliance
Guilford Education Alliance is a countywide non-profit organization whose mission is to make support of quality public education the TOP priority of Guilford County citizens.  Through its community engagement activities it provides in-depth data reports on our schools and education issues, creates opportunities for the general public to provide support to our public education system, engages the public in advocacy for quality public education, and develops the link between future economic development and quality public education.

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