St. Patrick awarded Ingalls STEM grant for robotics program

St. Patrick Catholic High School’s robotics team was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division.  The grant awarded to St. Patrick was one of several given by Huntington Ingalls Industries for the purpose of funding projects associated with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division has donated money to fund STEM-related projects at schools and educational organizations in Mississippi and Alabama for the past eight years.  In that period of time the company has awarded over $709,000.  This year Huntington Ingalls Industries awarded nearly $100,000 to twenty-five schools and educational organizations that requested a grant from the defense contractor.

St. Patrick Catholic High School was awarded a grant of $5,000.  The grant was awarded to St. Patrick’s robotics team who will be involved in a project modeled after actual rescue situations.  The robotics team will design and create a working robot to perform rescue missions.  St. Patrick was the one of only five schools out of the twenty-five to receive a grant of $5,000.

Edmund Hughes, Ingalls’ vice president of human resources and administration, said, “We feel like these grants and other educational-related activities are an investment in future shipbuilders.”  Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company as well as a provider of engineering, manufacturing, and management services to the nuclear energy, oil, and gas markets.

Thank you to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division for the amazing grant!  Congratulations to Mrs. Debbie Worrel and the robotics team!  We are looking forward to seeing your inspiring new robot!

Story by Desirée Goodfellow