Overview of Program
Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness is a nonprofit organization that advocates for all aspects of nuclear technologies. Our mission is to educate the public by providing objective information on the value of nuclear technology with respect to our health, economy, environment and national security.
We live in a radioactive world! We use nuclear science and technology to power our homes, diagnose and treat serious health issues, make our food supplies safe and high yielding, and make our world better. However, some members of the public lack understanding of the concepts of radiation and nuclear materials, how we can deal with them safely, and how important they are to our lives.
CNTA developed the Educator Grants Program as an alternative to its classroom and field trip experiences for teachers. The program is an opportunity to support local teachers in their classrooms and give them the resources to develop projects or enhance their student’s experience with science and technology.
The grants can be used to fund a project in any area of science or technology; however, proposals that promote an increased understanding of atomic and nuclear fundamentals, radiation and nuclear materials safety, and applications of nuclear technology will be given extra consideration.
Middle and high school teachers in the South Carolina counties of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Edgefield, and Orangeburg; and in the Georgia counties of Columbia, Richmond, and Burke are invited to submit proposals. Teachers who are members of CNTA are also eligible to apply regardless of school location.
The 2023 Educator Grants Program information will be available here in Mid-October 2022.
Application MUST be received by CNTA by close of business on JANUARY 31, 2023!
Completed application should be sent by email to CNTA@bellsouth.net. A return email will be sent within 2 business days of application receipt. In the subject line, type “CNTA Educator Grants Program.” Original copies should be kept for your records.
Awarding the 2022 Educator Grants
The 2022 grant winners are:
- Jayne Andrews, 6th grade, Riverside Middle School;
- David Kassner; 10th-12th grade, Lakeside High School;
- Donita Legoas, 6th grade earth science and STEM, A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School;
- Nasiba White and Anna Reed; 2nd-8th grade, Savannah River Academy; and,
- Kristina Istre, 8th grade physical science and STEM, A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School.
In addition to CNTA, sponsors of the CNTA Educator Grants Program are American Nuclear Society-Savannah River, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Battelle Savannah River Alliance/Savannah River National Laboratory, and a private gift from anonymous donors.
CNTA is honored to continue this important grant program to facilitate more local educational outreach by the organization, said Dr. Jim Marra, CNTA Executive Director.
“These grant awards are part of our continued partnership with area educators to provide instruction in the areas of science and math,” Marra said. “We hope students find these activities informative, interesting, and fun, and spark an interest in pursuing a future career in the STEM fields.”