Rio Hondo, Texas – ACCIONA, the developer of three wind projects in Cameron County has announced donations to the Rio Hondo ISD and Los Fresnos CISD, which will be used to enhance science education at the district’s elementary schools.
ACCIONA, the owner and operator of San Roman Wind Farm, Palmas Altas Wind Farm, and the soon-to-be-completed La Chalupa Wind Farm, said the donations, which total more than $40,000, are funded by the operation of the two wind farms through its annual social impact management program.
“These donations will give young students at Rio Hondo and Los Fresnos schools access to cutting edge tools to learn the latest in science and engineering,” said Rafael Esteban, CEO of ACCIONA’s energy division in North America. “Our hope is that this will help give them a foundation on which they can build a lifetime of success.”
Two school districts, two programs
At Rio Hondo Elementary, the donation is being used to build a discovery lab where elementary school students will learn about energy and engineering topics including renewable energy and robotics.
More than 600 students are expected to be part of the program this year, said Raul J. Trevino, Assistant Superintendent of Academics at Rio Hondo ISD.
“Thanks to the generous grant funding from ACCIONA our elementary students will soon be immersed in unprecedented Discovery Lab learning experiences including coding with Sphero RVR all-terrain programmable robots, and various other applications that are designed to solve real world challenging problems,” Trevino said.
At Los Fresnos CISD the donation will allow the district to expand its participation in Project Lead the Way to all of its Pre-K students.
Through the modules we have purchased, these young students will begin to learn about topics like “why we wash our hands” and “how animals build their homes.” These early health and engineering topics help set the students on the path to success in math and science, said Valarie Londrie, Executive Director for Academics with the Los Fresnos CISD. She said the hope is that more than 500 Pre-K students will use the modules this spring.
“We are grateful for the support ACCIONA has provided to each of our elementary campuses throughout the district. We believe by introducing our youngest students to STEM education and the engineering design process, we deliver on our mission to provide a quality educational experience and open doors to careers of the future,” Londrie said.
A commitment to sustainability
ACCIONA’s social impact management program works with local stakeholders to identify opportunities to advance community needs, typically in the areas of education, wellness or environmental improvement.
“Our view of sustainability includes supporting sustainable communities, these programs in Rio Hondo and Los Fresnos schools will advance that goal,” Esteban said.