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.

See the CNTA Educator Grants Program Announcement- 2022 for Recommendations & Evaluation Criteria.


Application MUST be received by CNTA by close of business on JANUARY 31, 2022!

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. 

CNTA 2022 Educator Grant Application available here! 

Awarding the 2021 Educator Grants

The 2021 grant winners are:

  • Angela Virella, 6th grade ELA and social studies, Jackson STEM Middle School;
  • Kristina Istre, 8th grade physical science and STEM, A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School; and,
  • Donita Legoas, 6th grade earth science and STEM, A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School.

With the project “We Will Cross That Bridge…When We Build It,” Virella will help give students the opportunity to design, build, and construct various bridges using a variety of materials. In the process, students will also be able to apply Math, Science, ELA, and Social Studies standards to the learning process.

“This grant will allow students to have a real-world application to 21st century skills in all core subject areas,” Virella said. “Students will be able to design and create structures to scale and create working budgets and application of real business skills.”

Istre’s project, “Energy of the Future!”, will allow students to work in cooperative peer groups to build a hydrogen fuel cell car while experimenting with the process of using solar energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.

Legoas’ project, “Solar, Wind, Water, and Nuclear, Oh My!”, will introduce students to the world of nonrenewable and renewable energy. Students will investigate to see how turbines work, how solar energy converts sun energy to mechanical movement, and how homes can use various means of energy conservation and clean energy resources.

“Students will learn the path of energy from its source to its final destination where it powers their cell phones and game systems they love so dearly,” Legoas said.

In addition to CNTA, sponsors of the CNTA Educator Grants Program are American Nuclear Society-Savannah River, Huntington Ingalls Industries, and Savannah River National Laboratory.

“These grant awards are part of our continued partnership with area educators to provide instruction in the areas of science and math. We hope students find these activities informative, interesting and most importantly fun.”