DuPont Corp. recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the ThinkSTEM Academy in Ulster.

The donation comes from the DuPont Community Fund, according to a press release that was issued by the company.

Resources from the DuPont Community Fund will be used to support the Academy's innovative approaches to instruction and hands-on involvement including classroom use of iPads and internet applications; participation in field-based project work and field trip visits to plant sites, companies and organizations; and increased exposure to mentorship and instruction from "resource people" including working scientists, engineers and STEM-focused professionals, the press release states.

The grant was presented to ThinkSTEM on Dec. 4 by Marianne Addison, DuPont Towanda site manager; Annette Phifer, human resources manager at the DuPont's Towanda plant; and Jim Millar, a DuPont technology manager and member of the ThinkSTEM Academy program's local Advisory Board.

The ThinkSTEM Academy is a non-profit after-school program which is free and open to any student in sixth through eighth grade in the Towanda, Athens, Sayre and Northeast Bradford school districts,

ThinkSTEM Site Coordinator Heather Manchester and five facilitators work with up to 185 students during a 30-week school year program and four week summer program with the primary objective being to advance student understanding and abilities in science, technology, engineering and math.

The 2013 DuPont Community Fund has awarded nearly $285,000 in corporate matching funds to 91 projects at 61 different sites in 21 countries.

Each of the grants re-emphasizes the partnership between the sites and the DuPont Corporate Contributions Office to provide matching funds for innovative programs that address one or more components of community sustainability including social progress, economic success and environmental excellence.

Increasing the availability of youth science education is one of the main focuses of 2013 Community Fund grants awarded by DuPont manufacturing sites in Pennsylvania and New York.

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