WASHINGTON – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced a partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Santa Clara and Ohkay Owinge day schools near Espanola, N.M., to sponsor a math camp for fifth and sixth grade students. The students are from the communities of San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Tesuque, Nambe, Pojoaque and Ohkay Owinge pueblos.
The camp, which begins today and runs through July 30, will provide math instruction to 30-50 Native American students. The course will be taught by college students majoring in elementary education at four Historically Black Colleges and Universities that are part of NNSA’s Minority Serving Institutions program.
“This is a fantastic example of today’s rising stars teaching a core skill to the next generation,” said NNSA’s Assistant Administrator for Management and Administration Gerald L. Talbot, Jr. “Math and science are critical to NNSA’s national security mission, so we work hard to ensure we are doing everything we can to develop the next generation of nuclear security professionals. President Obama and Secretary Chu have made enhancing the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics a priority, and I’m proud that NNSA is playing a part in that effort.”
Since 2005, NNSA’s Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) program has awarded grants totaling nearly $100 million to 27 institutions in 14 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.
MSI grants are used to encourage and fund the development of new academic programs and research projects in NNSA-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The funding also provides support for curriculum, faculty development and infrastructure enhancement.
The college students who will be teaching the New Mexico math camp attend Alabama A&M University (Alabama), Central State University (Ohio), Hampton University (Virginia) and South Carolina State University (South Carolina).
Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.