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SM Energy donates to ECISD robotics programs

SM Energy donated funds to Bonham Junior High School and Permian High School Wednesday for their robotics programs.

The oil and gas exploration and production company presented a $10,000 check to Permian High School to kick off its robotics program next fall and $5,000 to Bonham Junior High School, said Connie Greenlee, a senior geological technician for the exploration group at SM Energy in Midland.

With ninth-graders enrolling in high school next fall, it’s hoped students involved in the programs at Permian’s feeder schools will enroll, Greenlee said.

The funds earmarked for Bonham will go for new equipment and upgrades, she said.

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Greenlee said science, technology, engineering and math is something SM Energy is committed to funding in schools. Robotics, she said, captures all the aspects of STEM in a classroom setting and makes it fun for kids.

“When you’ve got something you’re passionate about learning, it just comes naturally,” Greenlee said. She said the company also has donated funds to Lee High School and is in the process of working out details to contribute funds to a couple of junior high robotics programs.

“I’m really pumped that Permian is adding robotics next year,” Ector County ISD Executive Director of Career and Counseling Services Carla Byrne said. She added that robotics is a “strong addition” to the existing engineering curriculum, Project

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