The Calvert City Community Advisory Team (CCCAT) awarded $5,582.00 in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mini-grants to five schools located in Marshall and Livingston counties.
The fall 2019 mini-grants were awarded to teachers at Calvert Elementary School, Jonathan Elementary School, North Livingston Elementary School, South Marshall Elementary School, and Marshall County High School. The seven STEM projects approved by the CCCAT members included:
n Preschool Little Builders;
n STEM Mania - Think and Create;
n Once Upon a Time Problem Solving;
n Break Dance;
n STEM Building Projects with Fairy Tale Themes;
n Cracking the Code with a Bead Rack; and
n FIRST Robotics Competition.
"Teachers use these mini-grants to purchase STEM-related educational equipment to enhance their regular educational curriculum," said Toni Darnall, senior environmental engineer for Westlake Vinyls, Inc. The CCCAT members approve up to $6,000.00 in mini-grants twice a year that are funded by the 11 Calvert City plant members. The next round of mini-grant applications will be emailed to schools in Marshall and Livingston counties in the spring of 2020.
Formed in 1992, the Calvert City Community Advisory Team membership includes area residents and representatives from 11 Calvert City chemical and industrial plants. The team meets eight times a year to discuss issues and share information of interest to both residents and the plants. The group provides a forum for the plants to interact directly with the community.
The 11 Calvert City companies that participate in the advisory team are Arkema, Inc.; Ashland; Clean Earth, Inc. (now Harsco Corporation); Carbide Industries, LCC; Cymetech Corporation; Estron Chemical, Inc.; Evonik Corporation; Lubrizol Advanced Materials; Sekisui SC; Wacker Chemical Corporation; and Westlake Vinyls, Inc.