Battelle National Biodefense Institute donated $50,000 to Frederick County Public Schools on Tuesday to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

The donation will fund challenge grants for FCPS teachers for STEM-related projects.

This the second time Battelle has made the donation to FCPS. Last year, 15 elementary schools, five middle schools and eight high schools applied for grants, according to a statement from FCPS.

Last year’s winning schools included Ballenger Creek Elementary, Ballenger Creek Middle, Brunswick Middle, Butterfly Ridge Elementary, Emmitsburg Elementary, Frederick High, Gov. Thomas Johnson High, Linganore High, Middletown Elementary, Middletown Primary, Myersville Elementary and two from Orchard Grove Elementary.

This year’s competition will run until April 25. Winners will be announced at the Board of Education meeting on May 22.

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