Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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STEM Education

Los Alamos is committed to investing and partnering in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education initiatives and programs that have a positive impact on student achievement while addressing community pipeline and regional workforce needs.
August 22, 2013
2017 Science Bowl Winners

The 2017 New Mexico Regional Science Bowl champions are from Los Alamos High School in northern New Mexico.


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"Support of education matters because a substantial part of our workforce is drawn from Northern New Mexico." – Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan

Investing in the future

Charlie McMillan, Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory

Director McMillan on investing in education

Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), which operates Los Alamos National Laboratory, is committed to providing a positive and sustainable impact on our region by leveraging direct and indirect community investments in education.

LANS invests more than $1 million each year to enhance educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education regionally and nationally.

Promoting education

Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan wrote an opinion piece, Early inspiration needed to create STEM literacy. He listed three things we all can do to inspire children to scientific literacy and possibly a career at one of New Mexico's national laboratories:

  1. – Spark scientific inspiration in the children around you, cultivate curiosity
  2. – When the going gets tough, encourage them to keep going
  3. – Create an enriched environment early

McMillan also participated in a TEDx event in Albuquerque. (TEDx was built as a venue for sharing ideas and designed to celebrate communities, organizations, and individuals.)

In 2016

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory supported more than 23 regional K-20 math and science education programs
  • Employed 1,880 student interns
  • Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund awarded $419,500 in scholarships to 73 northern New Mexico students
  • Provided more than 2,721 hours of science education community service time

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