AREVA Inc. Funds New Classroom Equipment for XLR8 STEM Academy
April 10, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 10, 2014 – AREVA Inc. recently donated funds to the XLR8 STEM Academy to purchase new mechatronics equipment that will be used to help launch the first Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) course for high school seniors this fall. The $7,350 donation will purchase a new Benchmill 6000 CNC milling machine with a pneumatic safety shield and a Lynx Motion ALSDCN-KT robotic arm. This equipment will provide safe, hands-on learning for students in this new CIM course.
“AREVA is a strong advocate of STEM education outreach in the community and has supported the STEM Academy since its inception,” said Mike Rencheck, chief executive officer and president of AREVA Inc. “The purchase of this particular equipment supports our STEM education initiative, but even more importantly, it underlines safety as the highest priority in our business and in our community outreach.”
The CIM course is part of the STEM Academy’s Project Lead The Way curriculum, which is designed to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem-solving skills. This CIM course will provide rigorous content to help students gain the skill sets needed for future careers in the CIM industry.
“The XLR8 STEM Academy will be able to use the Benchmill milling machine to provide students with hands-on, project-based learning to engage them on multiple levels,” said Susan Cash, director of the XLR8 STEM Academy. “We are fortunate to have AREVA as a member of the XLR8 team, and our students benefit from our partnership through this donation as well as their continued support in the classroom.”
In addition to the donation, AREVA will conduct a “pre-job brief” exercise with students during the introduction of the equipment this fall. The pre-job brief is a mechanism that AREVA uses before beginning work at customer sites, in its own labs and training classrooms. This briefing is proven to reduce unsafe practices.
AREVA’s donation will be matched with funds from a Virginia Tobacco Commission grant.