Worrel awarded Ingalls STEM Grant

St. Patrick Catholic High School is proud to announce that Mrs. Debbie Worrel has been named one of the recipients of this year’s Ingalls STEM Grant.  Ingalls makes this annual investment for the future of STEM education. This year, Ingalls awarded $100,000 in grant money. St. Patrick was one of 26 schools to receive the grant, that will be used towards STEM-related initiatives.

“I am extremely proud of Mrs. Worrel for attaining the STEM Grant – she is most deserving of this honor, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this will have for our students,” Principal Dr. Matt Buckley said. “We also remain grateful to Ingalls Shipbuilding for their implementation of this grant program and their wonderful support of STEM and the academic excellence portion of our mission.”

This is not the first time a St. Patrick teacher has been awarded Ingalls STEM Grant. Worrel joins her daughter Emily Cloud, who received the grant back in 2020 and Mr. Jay Lynn who received the grant in 2021. 

Her grant titled “MakerSpace in the Classroom” would allow the purchase of more engineering and robotics equipment to advance the level of analytical thinking for the students. This includes 3D printers and computers for implementing CAD and supplies and tools for building robots. The engineering classes have multiple projects which this grant will help implement smaller groups and more innovative ideas. Most of all, this grant provides better opportunities for our students to reach their own future inspirations as engineers and members of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) community.