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Cargill donates to ECC/K-12 STEM robotics

Cargill makes STEM donation

Tony Vanatter of Cargill presented a $3,750 check this week to Ellsworth Community College Math Instructor Brent Ries and ECC Dean of Students & Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Stock. The check is a grant funded by Cargill-Iowa Falls and Cargill-Corporate, which will be used for ECC Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) outreach with area K-12 students.

“We’re very grateful to Tony and the Cargill organization for this grant funding in support of our expanding STEM initiatives,” says Ries. “The money will pay for robotics that will be assembled with high school and elementary students in the Iowa Falls-Alden and South Hardin School Districts, enabling them to participate in robotics competitions for their respective grade levels.” Ries says each district will receive one robot for high school students and one for each elementary school.

Dr. Stock adds, “We’re very pleased that Brent and the other science and math faculty at ECC have stepped up efforts with our STEM outreach. Their upcoming summer STEM Camp is a great example of what they’re doing, and this grant will further expand our STEM collaboration with area students.”

Photo Caption: ECC Math Instructor Brent Ries (left) and Dean of Students & Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Stock received a $3,750 check this week from Tony Vanatter, representing Cargill-Iowa Falls. The grant money will be used to fund STEM robotics outreach activities with students in the Iowa Falls-Alden and South Hardin high schools and elementary schools.

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