2011-09-29 / Community News

Alcoa Foundation and the American Museum of Natural History Search for the Next Young Scientists

For the 15th year, Alcoa Foundation is supporting the American Museum of Natural History’s Young Naturalist Awards, a nationwide science contest that rewards students in grades seven through 12 for conducting science experiments about the natural world. Young Naturalist Awards promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education and helps develop the next generation of scientists.

The Young Naturalist Awards is designed to encourage students to independently pursue in-depth scientific research in the areas of biology, Earth science, ecology and astronomy. Contestants form hypothesis, conduct research, plan experiments, gather data, and report their findings in an essay. The deadline for entering the contest is March 9, 2012.

Twelve winners will be selected— two from each grade level. Each winning student will receive a cash award, an expenses-paid trip to New York City, where they will have the opportunity to meet scientists, take a behind-thescenes tour of the Museum and attend a special awards ceremony. The winning essays will be published on the Museum’s website.

Alcoa Rockdale Operations is working with Lexington ISD, Rockdale ISD, Cameron ISD, Thorndale ISD, Thrall ISD, Gause ISD and Milano ISD to garner interest and encourage youth to take steps toward a successful career as a scientist. Rockdale Operations personnel will send an engagement letter, along with a video link and power point presentation to local educators.

“We are extremely proud to support the Young Naturalist Awards, which provides a great opportunity to mold young scientists and recognize them for their work,” said Jim Hodson, Public Affairs Manager at Rockdale. “This program focuses on education, conservation and sustainability—priority focus areas for Alcoa Foundation.”

Alcoa Foundation supports education and workforce development across the communities where Alcoa operates, with a particular focus on STEM education.

To learn more about the Young Naturalist Awards, visit www.amnh.org/yna.

About Alcoa Foundation

Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$436 million. Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$530 million since 1952. In 2010, Alcoa Foundation contributed nearly US$20 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, focusing on promoting environmental stewardship, enabling economic and social sustainability, and preparing tomorrow’s leaders through education and learning. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers, who in 2010 gave more than 720,000 service hours. Through the company’s signature Month of Service (October) program, Alcoa employees share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in our communities. In 2010, a record 49 percent of Alcoans took part in nearly 1,000 Month of Service events across 24 countries, reaching 59,000 children, serving 17,000 meals, planting 16,000 trees and supporting 3,000 nonprofit organizations. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, please visit www.alcoa.com/foundation.

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