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$100,000 For Local Science & Technology Education

KENNEWICK, Wash - A program that helps local teachers get materials to teach science and technology classes receives about $100,000 from Battelle's Education Initiative.

The local contribution is a part of a statewide donation of $750,000 for things like science materials and teacher education.

For example, it will help the Science Materials Center on Fruitland Street in Kennewick that has hundreds of boxes of science materials for teachers to use.  About 700 local teachers can go to the Science Materials Center, pick up a box that includes all they need to teach a particular lesson.  Teachers then return the boxes, which are refurbished and sent out with other teachers, said PNNL's Science and Technology Education Manager, Jeff Estes.

"If you were a doctor, we wouldn't expect you to stop on your way to do surgery to pick something up to do the surgery with, we want you to focus on the surgery.  Well, same idea with the classroom," Estes said.

Since the year 2000, Battelle has supported the Science Materials Center for elementary and middle school students.

The extra $100,000 will help provide supplies for high schools, Estes said.